Acetylene deuteration in the presence of 14C-ethylene

Laszlo Guczi, Rene B. LaPierre, Alvin H. Weiss

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The double labeling method, using both a radioactive 14C tracer and deuterium gas clearly demonstrated the reaction behavior involved in acetylene hydrogenation over Pd. This demonstration involved use of a static system, an interfaced GS-MS, and splitting the effluent from a GC column into three streams for analysis, radioactivity measurement and deuterium distribution. The method is cumbersome to operate, but to compensate, the results are all obtained at the same state of catalyst surface, precluding the possibility of a system difference resulting in the change in the ratio of different surface reactions. On the Pd black catalyst we used for the hydrogenation of ethylene and of acetylene, results could be rationalized by one type of site. The ethane formed initially is a result of a parallel reaction of acetylene to ethane and ethylene. With the labeling technique, we established unambigously that the rate of ethylene desorption is much faster than its further reaction on the surface to form ethane. Thus rs3 does exist. Further experimentation such as that described by McGown et al. (5) might well elucidate some fraction of a second type of site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1274
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1978


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Guczi, L., LaPierre, R. B., & Weiss, A. H. (1978). Acetylene deuteration in the presence of 14C-ethylene. Preprints, 23(4), 1265-1274.