Identifying the nature of the active sites in methanol synthesis over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts


Laudenschleger et al, Nature Communications volume 11, Article number: 3898 (2020)

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The article shows that Zn species in typical methanol synthesis catalyst Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 are not metallic, but have a positively charged nature under industrial methanol synthesis conditions. The kinetic results based on a new method allowed to perform surface-sensitive operando investigations as a function of the reaction conditions, demonstrating that the rate of methanol formation is only decreased in CO2-containing syngas mixtures when pulsing NH3 or methylamines as basic probe molecules. Full details of the open access article are available via