OB37 (100) Facets of γ-Al2O3: the Active Surfaces for Alcohol Dehydration Reactions

Wednesday, June 8, 2011: 11:20 AM
Columbus Ballroom (Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center )
Ja Hun Kwak, Donghai Mei, Roger Rousseau, JŠnos Szanyi and Charles H.F. Peden, Institute for Interfacial Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
The results of this work clearly show that pentacoordinate Al3+ sites located exclusively on the (100) facets of γ-Al2O3 are the active centers in alcohol dehydration reactions.  This is the first example that clearly correlates reactivity of a high surface area catalyst with a certain crystal facet of the material.

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