Catalysis Letters

, Volume 28, Issue 2–4, pp 329–336 | Cite as

The promoter function of molybdenum in Rh/Mo/SiO2 catalysts for CO hydrogenation

  • J. Y. Shen
  • T. Matsuzaki
  • T. Hanaoka
  • K. Takeuchi
  • Y. Sugi


A series of Rh/Mo/SiO2 catalysts with fixed Rh and different Mo contents were studied by FT-IR, chemisorption and CO hydrogenation. The FT-IR results at room temperature under CO atmosphere indicate that the addition of Mo to Rh/SiO2 suppresses the linear and bridged CO species and promotes the twin CO species, which is consistent with the chemisorption results. It is suggested that the Mo promoter works via stabilization of Rh1– ions and the coverage of Rh sites. The molybdenum promotes the formation of oxygenates and shifts the selectivity from hydrocarbons to oxygenates.


rhodium molybdenum oxygenates hydrogenation CO adsorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Y. Shen
    • 1
  • T. Matsuzaki
    • 1
  • T. Hanaoka
    • 1
  • K. Takeuchi
    • 1
  • Y. Sugi
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Materials and Chemical ResearchAISTIbarakiJapan

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