APCATA 372-2010-103

Kinetics study of hydrogen adsorption over Pt/MoO3

The rate controlling step and the energy barrier involved in the hydrogen adsorption over Pt/MoO3 were
studied. Rates of hydrogen adsorption on Pt/MoO3 were measured at the adsorption temperature range
of 323–573 K and at the initial hydrogen pressure of 6.7 kPa. The rate of hydrogen uptake was very high
for the initial fewminutes for adsorption at and above 473 K, and reached equilibriumwithin 2 h. At and
below 423 K, the hydrogen uptake still continued and did not reach equilibrium after 10 h. The hydrogen
uptake exceeded the H/Pt ratio of unity for adsorption at and above 423 K, indicating that hydrogen
adsorption involves hydrogen atom spillover and surface diffusion of the spiltover hydrogen atom over
the bulk surface of MoO3 followed by formation of HxMoO3. The hydrogen uptake was scarcely
appreciable for Pt-free MoO3. The rate controlling step of the hydrogen adsorption on Pt/MoO3 was the
surface diffusion of the spiltover hydrogen with the activation energy of 83.1 kJ/mol. The isosteric heats
of hydrogen adsorption on Pt/MoO3 were 18.1–16.9 kJ/mol for the hydrogen uptake range 2.4–
2.8 1019 H-atom/g-cat. Similarities and differences in hydrogen adsorption on Pt/SO4
2–ZrO2, Pt/
WO3–ZrO2 and Pt/MoO3 catalysts are discussed.