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Tue 22 Feb, at 14:30 - Seminar Room T2

Epoxidation of higher alkenes over single crystal surfaces of copper and silver

Ashok Santra
Chemistry Department, Cambridge University - England

Heterogeneously catalysed alkene epoxidation is of great interest from both academic and technological points of view. Previously metallic silver was thought to be a unique catalyst for the epoxidation of alkenes. However, we have demonstrated that single crystal surfaces of copper can also act as highly efficient epoxidation catalysts. This opens a new field. We have studied the epoxidation of butadiene and styrene on Cu{111}, Cu{110} and the epoxidation of styrene on Ag{100} using a range of techniques including NEXAFS, STM and XPS. The influence of co-adsorbed alkalis and oxyanions on reactant conversion and product selectivity has also been determined. Our current project at ELETTRA on Ag(100) is an extension of these studies.

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