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Hofmann, J P; Zweidinger, S; Knapp, M; Seitsonen, A P; Schulte, K; Andersen, J N; Lundgren, E; Over, H (2010). Hydrogen-Promoted Chlorination of RuO2(110). Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114(24):10901-10909.

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High-resolution core-level photoemission spectroscopy and temperature-programmed reaction experiments together with density functional theory calculations were used to elucidate on the atomic scale the chlorination mechanism of ruthenium dioxide RuO2(110) by hydrogen chloride exposure. The surface-selective chlorination accounts for the extraordinary stability of the RuO2 catalyst in the Sumitomo process ? the heterogeneously catalyzed oxidation of hydrogen chloride by oxygen. The selective replacement of bridging oxygen atoms by chlorine atoms depends on the formation of water molecules serving as leaving groups. Water is produced by the chlorine-assisted recombination of two neighboring surface hydroxyl groups at around 450 K, a temperature where water instantaneously leaves the surface. Finally, the bridging vacancy is rapidly filled in by chlorine atoms, thereby forming bridging chlorine atoms. Preadsorbed hydrogen has shown to facilitate the chlorination process for stoichiometry reasons. The general strategy of transforming bridging O atoms into a good leaving group has been corroborated by the chlorination of RuO2(110) via CO pretreatment with CO2 as the leaving group and subsequent Cl2 exposure.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Date:2 June 2010
Deposited On:23 Dec 2010 12:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:15
Publisher:American Chemical Society
Additional Information:This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp103199x.
Publisher DOI:10.1021/jp103199x

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