3 years ago

Dehydration Pathway for the Dissociation of Gas-Phase Formic Acid on Pt(111) Surface Observed via Ambient-Pressure XPS

Dehydration Pathway for the Dissociation of Gas-Phase
Formic Acid on Pt(111) Surface Observed via Ambient-Pressure XPS
Hiroshi Kondoh, Bongjin Simon Mun, Beomgyun Jeong, Hongrae Jeon, Ryo Toyoshima, Jaeyoung Lee, Ethan J. Crumlin
While model studies of surface science under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) have made significant contributions to understanding electrochemistry, many issues related to electrochemical phenomena still remain unanswered due to the extreme environmental differences between UHV and liquid conditions. Electrochemical formic acid (HCOOH) oxidation is one such example. While the dehydration step in the indirect oxidation pathway (HCOOH → H2O + COad → 2H+ + 2e + CO2) is observed in the electrochemical oxidation of formic acid on Pt(111) surface, the surface science studies conducted in UHV condition reported the complete HCOOH dissociation to H2 and CO2 on Pt(111) surface with no adsorbed CO at room temperature. A dehydration mechanism may also exist in gas-phase HCOOH dissociation in some conditions different from UHV, but it has not been demonstrated with a surface science method due to pressure limitations. Using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS), we observed the dehydration mechanism of gas-phase HCOOH in unprecedented high pressure environment for the first time. This study is a demonstration of reconciling the disagreement between electrocatalysis and surface science by bridging the environment gap.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b07735

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b07735

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.