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A catalytic support material takes a leading role

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with DOE’s Ames Laboratory, have reported an important and unexpected reaction mechanism — called “redox behavior” — on the surface of catalyst support materials that have application in the chemical industry.

The study, entitled “Evidence for redox mechanisms in organometallic chemisorption and reactivity on sulfated metal oxides,” appeared in the April 9 online issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Ames Laboratory's Frederic Perras and Marek Pruski used  DNP-enhanced  solid-state NMR spectroscopy to help characterize the materials.


Argonne chemists have uncovered an important and unexpected reaction mechanism –called “redox behavior”–on the surface of catalyst
support materials. These materials are promising catalytic materials in their own right. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)