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Direct Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide Over Au–Pd Catalysts Prepared by Electroless Deposition

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Electroless deposition is used to deposit sub-monolayer amounts of Au onto pre-existing Pd nanoparticles supported on silica. Catalyst performance is analyzed for the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at 278 K. We demonstrate that moderate Au coverages on Pd (up to ca. 0.7 monolayers) are not effective for improving selectivity to H2O2 and do not suppress the undesirable decomposition of H2O2. Results from FTIR measurements of CO adsorbed on these catalysts suggest that contiguous Pd sites remain at the surface following deposition of Au, and these sites remain active for O–O bond scission.

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Acknowledgments

This material is based upon work supported as part of a Dow Chemical Company University Partner Initiative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under Dow agreement number 235744C. The authors acknowledge use of instrumentation supported by the UW MRSEC (DMR-1121288) and the UW NSEC (DMR-0832760).

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Ana C. Alba-Rubio and Anthony Plauck contributed equally to this work.

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Alba-Rubio, A.C., Plauck, A., Stangland, E.E. et al. Direct Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide Over Au–Pd Catalysts Prepared by Electroless Deposition. Catal Lett 145, 2057–2065 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-015-1621-5

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Keywords

  • Electroless deposition
  • Gold
  • Palladium
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Direct synthesis