Catalytic fractional conversions of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide over Pt−Rh alloy catalysts in the presence of excess oxygen, under steady-state or non steady-state conditions, as well as corresponding rate constants for the CO oxidation reaction were measured by using the reversed-flow gas chromatographic technique. From the variation of the conversions with temperature, maximum values of conversions were found, which depend on the catalysts nature (Pt content), while from the variation of the rate constants with temperature, activation energies for the CO oxidation reaction were determined, which also depend on the catalyst Pt content. The results suggest a synergism between Pt and Rh in the Pt−Rh bimetallic catalysts in accordance with previous works, showing that reversed-flow gas chromatography can be used with simplicity and accuracy for the kinetic study of the CO oxidation reaction, which is of technological importance for the control of air pollution.
Gas chromatography Reversed-flow gas chromatography Carbon monoxide oxidation Bimetallic Pt−Rh catalysts
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