Correlation of H2 heat of adsorption and ethylene hydrogenation activity for supported Re@Pd overlayer catalysts

Michael P. Latusek, Brett P. Spigarelli, Rebecca M. Heimerl, Joseph H. Holles

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Alumina-supported bimetallic overlayer Pd on Re (Re@Pd) catalysts were synthesized using the directed deposition technique. Hydrogen chemisorption, TEM, EDS, XRD, and ethylene hydrogenation studies were used to characterize the catalysts and provide indication of electronic modification of the Pd surface layer due to the overlayer particle structure. First principles computation and single crystal studies of Pd overlayers on Re in the literature have shown that electronic modification of the Pd overlayer is observed and leads to decreased binding strength for chemisorbed species such as H2, C2H4, and CO. Measured hydrogen chemisorption isotherms indicated that Pd was deposited on the Re and not as pure isolated Pd particles. H2 heats of adsorption, as determined by chemisorption, indicated that the Re@Pd overlayer catalysts were lower than either pure Pd or Re. The Re@Pd catalysts were slightly less active for ethylene hydrogenation than pure Pd but displayed similar apparent activation energies and H2 and C2H4 reaction orders. A linear correlation between turnover frequency and maximum heat of H2 adsorption was observed for the Pd and Re@Pd catalysts. This suggests an electronic modification of the Re@Pd catalyst surface compared to Pd as predicted in the literature by first principles computational studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-314
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 25 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials at Michigan Technological University sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy through grant number DE-FG36-08GO88104.


  • Chemisorption
  • Ethylene hydrogenation
  • Hydrogen
  • Kinetics
  • Overlayer catalysts
  • Pd
  • Re


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