The influence of Au on the adsorption of methylacetoacetate on Ni: a study with Medium Energy Ion Scattering and Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy

TE Jones, TCQ Noakes, P Bailey, Christopher John Baddeley

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Abstract

The hydrogenation of beta-ketoesters over chirally modified Ni catalysts is one of the most successful examples of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis. One of the factors limiting the enantioselectivity of this process is the fact that bare (achiral) Ni sites are active for the racemic hydrogenation reaction. In this work, we investigate the interaction of the simplest beta-ketoester, methylacetoacetate, with bimetallic Ni/Au surfaces in order to examine whether the addition of Au to the Ni catalyst has the potential to enhance the enantio selectivity of the catalytic reaction. Using reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), we probe the molecular conformation of methylacetoacetate on the bimetallic surface as a function of pre-annealing temperature. We show that the presence of An strongly influences the adsorption of methylacetoacetate which adsorbs predominantly as the enolate. Using medium energy ion scattering (MEIS), we found that once the surface composition of Ni reaches similar to20% or above, the sticking probability of methylacetoacetate increases significantly and methylacetoacetate adsorption results in further segregation of Ni to the surface. The implications for enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis are discussed. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63
Number of pages63
JournalSurface Science
Volume569
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004

Keywords

  • medium energy ion scattering (MEIS)
  • infrared absorption spectroscopy
  • catalysis
  • nickel
  • gold
  • alloys
  • surface segregation
  • ADSORBATE-INDUCED SEGREGATION
  • BIMETALLIC SURFACES
  • NI(111)
  • DECOMPOSITION
  • INTERFACES
  • CATALYSTS
  • ALLOYS

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