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Reza Vakili, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Title : A near ambient pressure X ray photoelectron spectroscopy study on Platinum nanoparticles supported on Zr based metal organic frameworks


The first near ambient pressure (NAP)-XPS study of CO oxidation over Pt nanoparticles (NPs) incorporated into Zr-based UiO (UiO for Universitetet i Oslo) MOFs was carried out. For this Purpose, the MOF-based Catalysts were prepared by wetness impregnation (WI-PtNPs@UiO-67) and linker design (LD-PtNPs@UiO-67) methods along with PtNPs@ZrO2 as the control catalyst. Firstly, the as-synthesized catalysts were reduced in situ prior to the operando XPS analysis. The existence of Pt(II) species was proved in UiO-67 by observing Pt 4f core level peaks at a high binding energy of 72.6±0.1 eV. After the reduction, the higher BE components disappear, leaving only the metallic Pt 4f doublet, confirming the formation of Pt NPs. To understand the chemical state of Pt NPs in UiO-67 during catalytic turnover, we analyzed the Pt 4f region using operando NAP-XPS in the temperature-programmed measurements (100–260 °C) with reference to PtNPs@ZrO2 catalyst. Pt 4f peaks only show one chemical species present at all temperatures, but the core level BE shifts change as a function of reaction temperature, i.e. Pt 4f peak from 71.8 eV at T < 200 °C to 71.2 eV at T > 200 °C. As this higher BE state of 71.8 eV was not observed after in situ reduction of the catalysts and only once the CO/O2 mixture was introduced, we attribute it to the surface saturation of Pt NPs with adsorbed CO. In general, the quantitative analysis of Pt 4f data from the operando NAP-XPS experiments shows that the surface chemistry of the Pt active phase in the two PtNPs@UiO-67 catalysts is the same, comparable to that of PtNPs@ZrO2. The observed difference in the catalytic activity can be attributed to the particle sizes of Pt NPs, as well as the dispersion of active phase in the support, which are different in the three catalysts.


Reza vakili got his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran. During his MSc studies, he focused on simulation and optimization of different chemical reactors, including fixed-bed and fluidized-bed reactors. Currently, Reza is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. His PhD research project focuses on MOFs for heterogeneous catalysis.