Influence of structure sensitivity on apparent activation energy of parallel heterogeneous catalytic reactions

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Analysis of apparent activation energy is presented for different heterogeneous catalytic reactions with parallel reaction routes. In the case of kinetic coupling between catalytic cycles the activation energy in a particular route depends not only on the activation energies of the elementary steps comprising this route, but also on the frequency of the steps in a parallel route. Expressions were derived for coupling between routes through irreversible adsorption of the substrate, quasi-equilibrated binding as well as different substrate adsorption modes. Theoretical analysis of the apparent activation energy was extended for the reaction network with two routes possessing mechanistically different rate determining steps (i.e. monomolecular vs bimolecular). For structure sensitive reactions an expression for the apparent activation energy for parallel reactions was developed for cases with a continuous distribution of active centers and a cubo-octahedral representation of the metal clusters. A comparison between the theoretical analysis and experimental data on transformations of furfural to furfuryl alcohol and furan on ruthenium clusters shows applicability of the developed theoretical framework.
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Antal sidor10
TidskriftCatalysis Letters
StatusPublicerad - 2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


  • Structure sensitivity
  • Parallel reactions
  • Furfural

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