(75a) Supported Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Selective Hydrogenolysis and Water-Gas Shift Reactions Conference: AIChE Annual MeetingYear: 2015Proceeding: 2015 AIChE Annual MeetingGroup: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering DivisionSession: In Honor of the 2014 Wilhelm Award Winner I Time: Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-8:55am Authors: Dumesic, J., University of Wisconsin-Madison Sener, C., University of Wisconsin-Madison Wesley, T., University of Wisconsin Alba-Rubio, A., University of Wisconsin Hakim, S. H., University of Wisconsin-Madison O'Neill, B., ExxonMobil Ribeiro, F. H., Purdue University Miller, J. T., Argonne National Laboratory Elucidation of active sites in supported bimetallic catalysts is complicated by the high level of dispersity in the nanoparticle size and composition that is inherent in conventional methods of catalyst preparation. We present a synthesis strategy that leads to highly dispersed, bimetallic nanoparticles with uniform particle size and composition by means of controlled surface reactions. We demonstrate the synthesis of three systems, RhMo, PtMo and RhRe, consisting of a highly reducible metal with an oxophilic promoter. These catalysts are characterized by FTIR, CO chemisorption, STEM/EDS, TPR and XAS analysis. The catalytic properties of these bimetallic nanoparticles were probed for the selective CO hydrogenolysis of (hydroxymethyl)tetrahydropyran to produce 1,6 hexanediol. We have also used controlled surface reactions to study the promotion of Pt/C catalysts for water-gas shift by deposition of Mo, Ce, and Ti species onto the surface of the Pt nanoparticles.