The nature of the active site in heterogeneous metal catalysis

Jens Kehlet Nørskov, Thomas Bligaard, Britt Hvolbæk Larsen, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Ib Chorkendorff, Claus H. Christensen

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Abstract

This tutorial review, of relevance for the surface science and heterogeneous catalysis communities, provides a molecular-level discussion of the nature of the active sites in metal catalysis. Fundamental concepts such as "Bronsted-Evans-Polanyi relations'' and "volcano curves'' are introduced, and are used to establish a strict partitioning between the so-called "electronic'' and "geometrical'' effects. This partitioning is subsequently employed as the basis for de. ning the concept "degree of structure sensitivity'' which can be used when analyzing the structure sensitivity of catalytic reactions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Volume37
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)2163-2171
ISSN0306-0012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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