Understanding the Structural Deactivation of Ruthenium Catalysts on an Atomic Scale under both Oxidizing and Reducing Conditions

J. Aßmann2, D. Crihan1, M. Knapp1, E. Lundgren3, E. Löffler2, M. Muhler2, V. Narkhede2, H. Over1, M. Schmid4, A.P. Seitsonen5, P. Varga4

1Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, 35392 Gießen, Germany
2Lehrstuhl f. Technische Chemie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 4478 Bochum, Germany
3Department of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, 22362 Lund, Sweden
4Institut für Allgemeine Physik, Technische Universität Wien, 1040 Wien, Austria
5Physikalisch Chemisches Institut, Universität Zürich, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 44 (2005) 917-920

The surface-science approach coupled with industrial catalyst research offers a synergistic strategy to improve the performance of industrial catalysts. The poorly understood microscopic processes that determine the structural deactivation of ruthenium-based catalysts during CO oxidation have been elucidated. Based on these results measures are proposed to improve the performance of ruthenium catalysts.

Corresponding author: H. Over (University Giessen). Reprints also available from M. Schmid (schmid< encoded email address >).

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