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Mechanism of H2O2 Decomposition on Transition Metal Oxide Surfaces
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0086-5536
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2673-075X
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0663-0751
2012 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 116, no 17, 9533-9543 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We performed an experimental and density functional theory (DFT) investigation of the reactions of H2O2 with ZrO2, TiO2, and Y2O3. In the experimental study we determined the reaction rate constants, the Arrhenius activation energies, and the activation enthalpies for the processes of adsorption and decomposition of H2O2 on the surfaces of nano- and micrometersized particles of the oxides. The experimentally obtained enthalpies of activation for the decomposition of H2O2 catalyzed by these materials are 30 +/- 1 kJ.mol(-1) for ZrO2, 34 +/- 1 kJ.mol(-1) for TiO2, and 44 +/- 5 kJ.mol(-1) for Y2O3. In the DFT study, cluster models of the metal oxides were used to investigate the mechanisms involved in the surface process governing the decomposition of H2O2. We compared the performance of the B3LYP and M06 functionals for describing the adsorption energies of H2O2 and HO center dot onto the oxide surfaces as well as the energy barriers for the decomposition of H2O2. The DFT models implemented can describe the experimental reaction barriers with good accuracy, and we found that the decomposition of H2O2 follows a similar mechanism for all the materials studied. The average absolute deviation from the experimental barriers obtained with the B3LYP functional is 6 kJ.mol(-1), while with the M06 functional it is 3 kJ.mol(-1). The differences in the affinity of the different surfaces for the primary product of H2O2 decomposition, the HO radical, were also addressed both experimentally and with DFT. With the experiments we found a trend in the affinity of HO center dot toward the surfaces of the oxides, depending on the type of oxide. This trend is successfully reproduced with the DFT calculations. We found that the adsorption energy of HO center dot varies inversely with the ionization energy of the metal cation present in the oxide.

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2012. Vol. 116, no 17, 9533-9543 p.
Keyword [en]
Activation energy, Adsorption, Density functional theory, Enthalpy, Metallic compounds, Rate constants, Titanium dioxide, Transition metals, Zirconium alloys
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Physical Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95488DOI: 10.1021/jp300255hISI: 000303426500019ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84860521785OAI: diva2:528668

QC 20120528

Available from: 2012-05-28 Created: 2012-05-28 Last updated: 2013-03-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Reactions of aqueous radiolysis products with oxide surfaces: An experimental and DFT study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reactions of aqueous radiolysis products with oxide surfaces: An experimental and DFT study
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The reactions between aqueous radiolysis products and oxide surfaces are important in nuclear technology in many ways. In solid-liquid systems, they affect (and at the same time are dependent on) both the solution chemistry and the stability of materials under the influence of ionizing radiation. The stability of surface oxides is a factor that determines the longevity of the materials where such oxides are formed. Additionally, the aqueous radiolysis products are responsible for corrosion and erosion of the materials.

  In this study, the reactions between radiolysis products of water – mainly H2O2 and HO radicals – with metal, lanthanide and actinide oxides are investigated. For this, experimental and computational chemistry methods are employed. For the experimental study of these systems it was necessary to implement new methodologies especially for the study of the reactive species – the HO radicals. Similarly, the computational study also required the development of models and benchmarking of methods. The experiments combined with the computational chemistry studies produced valuable kinetic, energetic and mechanistic data.

  It is demonstrated here that the HO radicals are a primary product of the decomposition of H2O2. For all the materials, the catalytic decomposition of H2O2 consists first of molecular adsorption onto the surfaces of the oxides. This step is followed by the cleavage of the O-O bond in H2O2 to form HO radicals. The HO radicals are able to react further with the hydroxylated surfaces of the oxides to form water and a surface bound HO center. The dynamics of formation of HO vary widely for the different materials studied. These differences are also observed in the activation energies and kinetics for decomposition of H2O2. It is found further that the removal of HO from the system where H2O2 undergoes decomposition, by means of a scavenger, leads to the spontaneous formation of H2.

  The combined theoretical-experimental methodology led to mechanistic understanding of the reactivity of the oxide materials towards H2O2 and HO radicals. This reactivity can be expressed in terms of fundamental properties of the cations present in the oxides. Correlations were found between several properties of the metal cations present in the oxides and adsorption energies of H2O, adsorption energies of HO radicals and energy barriers for H2O2 decomposition. This knowledge can aid in improving materials and processes important for nuclear technological systems, catalysis, and energy storage, and also help to better understand geochemical processes.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. 121 p.
Trita-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2013:12
hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen production, metal, oxides, lanthanide, catalysis, density functional theory, surface, reactions, chemistry
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Physical Chemistry Materials Chemistry Theoretical Chemistry
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SRA - Energy; SRA - Production
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-119780 (URN)978-91-7501-683-2 (ISBN)
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2013-04-12, K2, Teknikringen 28, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20130322

Available from: 2013-03-22 Created: 2013-03-21 Last updated: 2013-03-22Bibliographically approved

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