(75a) Supported Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Selective Hydrogenolysis and Water-Gas Shift Reactions

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.