Investigation of the reaction mechanism of the hydrodeoxygenation of propionic acid over a Rh(1 1 1) surface: A first principles study

Wenqiang Yang, Rajadurai Vijay Solomon, Osman Mamun, Jesse Q. Bond, Andreas Heyden

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Abstract

Microkinetic models based on first principles calculations have been used to study the vapor and liquid phase hydrodeoxygenation of propionic acid on a Rh(1 1 1) surface. Calculations suggest that both decarboxylation and decarbonylation do not occur at an appreciable rate under all reaction environments. Propanol and propionaldehyde are the main products on this surface and they are produced at similar rates in both vapor and liquid phase environments. While a condensed phase can shift the reaction rate, the dominant pathways and selectivity towards the various products are hardly affected. At 473 K, the turnover frequency is increased by about a factor of 1.5 in liquid water relative to the gas phase. In liquid 1,4-dioxane, the turnover frequency is also slightly increased relative to the gas phase. Given the uncertainty in Rh cavity radius in the liquid phase calculations, computations with different cavity radii have been performed. With larger Rh cavity radius, the promotional effect of the solvents on the turnover frequency becomes more significant, while practically no changes are observed for a smaller cavity radius.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-110
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Volume391
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Hydrodeoxygenation mechanism
  • Lateral interaction
  • Microkinetic modeling
  • Propanol
  • Propionaldehyde
  • Propionic acid
  • Solvent effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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