Electrochemical Activation of Catalysis : Promotion, Electrochemical Promotion, and Metal-Support Interactions / by Costas G. Vayenas, Symeon Bebelis, Costas Pliangos, Susanne Brosda, Demetrios Tsiplakides.

  • Springer eBooks
  • Boston, MA : Springer US 2001
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XXXII, 574 p. online resource.
  • 9780306475511
  • Introduction, Brief History and Basic Concepts -- Promotion in Heterogeneous Catalysis -- Solid Electrolytes, Catalysis and Spillover -- Electrochemical Promotion of Catalytic Reactions -- Origin of NEMCA -- Rules and Modeling of Promotion -- The Absolute Potential -- Electrochemical Promotion with O2? Conductors -- Electrochemical Promotion with Cationic Conductors -- NEMCA with Aqueous Electrolytes and Inorganic Melts -- Electrochemical Promotion and Metal-support Interactions -- Practical Applications, Summary and Perspectives.
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  • I knew nothing of the work of C. G. Vayenas on NEMCA until the early nineties. Then I learned from a paper of his idea (gas interface reactions could be catalyzed electrochemically), which seemed quite marvelous; but I did not understand how it worked. Consequently, I decided to correspond with Professor Vayenas in Patras, Greece, to reach a better understanding of this concept. I think that my early papers (1946, 1947, and 1957), on the relationship between the work function of metal surfaces and electron transfer reactions thereat to particles in solution, held me in good stead to be receptive to what Vayenas told me. As the electrode potential changes, so of course, does the work function at the interface, and gas metal reactions there involve adsorbed particles which have bonding to the surface. Whether electron transfer is complete in such a case, or whether the effect is on the desorption of radicals, the work function determines the strength of their bonding, and if one varies the work function by varying the electrode potential, one can vary the reaction rate at the interface. I got the idea. After that, it has been smooth sailing. Dr. Vayenas wrote a seminal article in Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry, Number 29, and brought the field into the public eye. It has since grown and its usefulness in chemical catalytic reactions has been demonstrated and verified worldwide.

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