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Acta Phys. Chim. Sin.  2014, Vol. 30 Issue (10): 1847-1854    DOI: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201407141
Hydrodesulfurization Mechanisms of Thiophene Catalyzed by Au/Pd(111) Bimetallic Surfa
ZHANG Lian-Yang, SHI Wei, XIA Sheng-Jie, NI Zhe-Ming
Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials, College of Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032, P. R. China
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The formation energy of different ensembles on Pd(111) surfaces containing N (N=1-4) Au atoms were investigated using a density functional theory model. The best model for exploring the adsorption of thiophene was selected, and the mechanism of competitive hydrodesulfurization on a Au/Pd(111) bimetallic surface was investigated. The results showed that Au/Pd(111) has the lowest formation energy, and adsorption at the hexagonal close-packed site is most stable when the thiophene plane is tilted at 30° to the Au/Pd(111) bimetallic surface with S atom. The reactions are exothermic, and desulfurization can be either direct or indirect. The direct desulfurization pathway has a low activation energy, but it is difficult to control the products. The indirect desulfurization pathway is the best fit for the cis-hydrogenation process; C―S cleavage has the highest reaction energy barrier, and is the rate-determining step. The activation energy barrier of the rate-determining step on Au/Pd(111) is lower than those on Au(111) and Pd(111). This indicates that bimetallic AuPd is more active than single Au and Pd in the hydrodesulfurization of thiophene.

Key wordsDensity functional theory      Thiophene      Au/Pd(111) bimetallic surface      Adsorption      Hydrodesulfurization     
Received: 03 June 2014      Published: 14 July 2014
MSC2000:  O641  
Corresponding Authors: NI Zhe-Ming     E-mail:
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ZHANG Lian-Yang, SHI Wei, XIA Sheng-Jie, NI Zhe-Ming. Hydrodesulfurization Mechanisms of Thiophene Catalyzed by Au/Pd(111) Bimetallic Surfa. Acta Phys. Chim. Sin., 2014, 30(10): 1847-1854.

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