Kinetic Analysis of 4-Chlorophenol Hydrodechlorination Catalyzed by Rh Nanoparticles Based on the Two-Step Reaction and Langmuir–Hinshelwood Mechanisms

J. A. Baeza, L. Calvo, Dmitry Murzin, J. J. Rodriguez, M. A. Gilarranz

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    In this work a kinetic analysis based on the two-step reaction and Langmuir–Hinshelwood mechanisms is applied to the aqueous phase hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol catalyzed by unsupported Rh nanoparticles. The theoretical predictions of the models based on the two-step and Langmuir–Hinshelwood methods showed good agreement with experimental activity data (turn over frequency) from reaction runs carried out at 303 K with nanoparticles of different sizes (1.9–4.9 nm). The theoretical maximum activity (29–30 h−1) was predicted for nanoparticle sizes of 2.5–2.7 nm, very close to experimental values (ca. 28 h−1, 2.8 nm). The applicability of the two-step reaction and Langmuir–Hinshelwood mechanism to unsupported metal nanoparticles is proved and mechanistic information is obtained. An important difference in the Gibbs replacement adsorption energy (100–130 kJ mol−1) of hydrogen by chlorophenol has been found between edges and terraces.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)2080–2085
    JournalCatalysis Letters
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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