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Platinum-copper single atom alloy catalysts with high performance towards glycerol hydrogenolysis.

ABSTRACT: Selective hydrogenolysis of biomass-derived glycerol to propanediol is an important reaction to produce high value-added chemicals but remains a big challenge. Herein we report a PtCu single atom alloy (SAA) catalyst with single Pt atom dispersed on Cu nanoclusters, which exhibits dramatically boosted catalytic performance (yield: 98.8%) towards glycerol hydrogenolysis to 1,2-propanediol. Remarkably, the turnover frequency reaches up to 2.6?×?103 molglycerol·molPtCu-SAA-1·h-1, which is to our knowledge the largest value among reported heterogeneous metal catalysts. Both in situ experimental studies and theoretical calculations verify interface sites of PtCu-SAA serve as intrinsic active sites, in which the single Pt atom facilitates the breakage of central C-H bond whilst the terminal C-O bond undergoes dissociation adsorption on adjacent Cu atom. This interfacial synergistic catalysis based on PtCu-SAA changes the reaction pathway with a decreased activation energy, which can be extended to other noble metal alloy systems.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC6925196 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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