Lithium and boron as interstitial palladium dopants for catalytic partial hydrogenation of acetylene

Ieuan T. Ellis, Elisabeth H. Wolf, Glenn Jones, Tsz Woon Benedict Lo, Molly Meng-Jung Li, Andrew P.E. York, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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It is demonstrated that light elements, including lithium and boron atoms, can take residence in the octahedral (interstitial) site of a Pd lattice by modifying the electronic properties of the metal nanoparticles, and hence the adsorptive strength of a reactant. The blocking of the sub-surface sites to H in the modified materials results in significantly higher selectivity for the partial catalytic hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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