LASER APPLICATIONS TO HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS: REACTANT EXCITATION AND PRODUCT DIAGNOSTICS.

M. E. Umstead*, L. D. Talley, D. E. Tevault, Ming-Chang Lin

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Abstract

Irradiation of gaseous NO//2 with the 488 nm line of an argon ion laser during its reaction with C//2H//4 over a Pt catalyst at 250 C resulted in up to a fourfold increase in the CO//2 product yield. This enhancement is believed to result from the reaction of vibrationally excited NO//2 with adsorbed C//2H//4 or a species derived from it. The observed effect disappeared after a period of time due to the surface poisoning. Hydroxyl radicals have been detected leaving the surface of Pt and Rh-Pt catalysts during the reaction of H//2 and O//2 at 600-800 C. The OH radical was detected by its fluorescence at 340 nm induced by a dye laser, both in the gas phase and in an Ar matrix at 10 K. The activation energies for OH production from Pt and Rh-Pt surfaces have been determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Engineering
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1980

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