Catalysis Letters

, Volume 52, Issue 1–2, pp 63–67 | Cite as

Temperature-programmed desorption studies of methanol and formic acid decomposition on copper oxide surfaces

  • S. Poulston
  • E. Rowbotham
  • P. Stone
  • P. Parlett
  • M. Bowker
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Abstract

We have obtained temperature-programmed desorption data for methanol and formic acid adsorption on bulk powders of CuO and Cu2O. Methanol adsorption on CuO at 300 K results in CO2, H2 and H2O desorption at 550 K indicating formate decomposition; this decomposition temperature is very close to that obtained from the decomposition of formate produced by formic acid adsorption. No significant desorption was observed from vacuum-annealed Cu2O following exposure to methanol due to the formation of a copper metal film at the surface. However, formic acid was adsorbed on this surface decomposing at significantly lower temperature, 485 K, than on CuO.

copper copper oxide methanol formic acid 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Poulston
    • 1
  • E. Rowbotham
    • 1
  • P. Stone
    • 1
  • P. Parlett
    • 1
  • M. Bowker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of ReadingWhiteknights, ReadingUK

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