Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a green oxidant, has wide applications in various chemical syntheses and is also a promising candidate to replace the traditional toxic oxidants. The direct synthesis of H2O2 from H2 and O2 is a potential approach, as it is a green and atomically economic reaction. However, the most previous systems are notorious in complicated post-purification procedures, high energy cost, and low selectivity because of the uncontrollable O-O bond cleavage. We have solved this challenge by tuning the chemical state of Pd with high H2O2 productivity of 80.4 mol kgcat -1 h-1 and high H2O2 selectivity of 82.1% via the design of Pd-Ag nanoalloys with flexibly tuned size and composition. The created Pd-Ag nanoalloy also exhibits excellent stability with limited performance decay over recycles. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirms the electron transfer from Ag to Pd, which generates more Pd0 and enables improved H2O2 productivity. The theoretical calculation shows that the incorporation of Ag into Pd is beneficial for the stabilization of O2 2- and the cleavage of H2 for the enhanced H2O2 generation. In addition, the enhanced H2O2 desorption on Pd-Ag nanoalloy is beneficial for releasing H2O2, which results in the increased H2O2 selectivity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jun 2018|
- electron transfer
- hydrogen peroxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)