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Electro-Oxidation of Glycerol on Platinum Modified by Adatoms: Activity and Selectivity Effects

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Antimony irreversibly adsorbed on a carbon supported platinum electrode oxidizes glycerol selectively to dihydroxyacetone with a lower onset potential (ca. 150 mV) and a higher peak current density (ca. 170 %) compared to clean Pt/C. Pb, In, and Sn also promote the catalytic activity of glycerol oxidation, however the reaction pathway towards the primary alcohol oxidation remains unchanged. Higher surface coverage by adatoms on Pt/C generally increases the activity of glycerol oxidation.

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This research has been performed within the framework of the CatchBio program. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Smart Mix Program of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

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Kwon, Y., Hersbach, T.J.P. & Koper, M.T.M. Electro-Oxidation of Glycerol on Platinum Modified by Adatoms: Activity and Selectivity Effects. Top Catal 57, 1272–1276 (2014).

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