Mechanistic study of the catalytic hydrogenolysis of ethane

Sandor Kristyan, Janos Szamosi

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A mechanistic investigation of the hydrogenolysis of ethane is presented. The chemisorptions of ethane and hydrogen produce a common surface species, adsorbed hydrogen, and the coverages of the two-carbon-atom surface compound and the adsorbed hydrogen are interdependent through the partial pressures of ethane and hydrogen. The kinetically slow rupture of the C - C bond takes place in an interaction with a free site, adsorbed hydrogen or molecular hydrogen. Based on a theoretical analysis and previous experimental results, our conclusion is that molecular hydrogen is the most probable agent in the bond splitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1645-1650
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 1: Physical Chemistry in Condensed Phases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1984


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