Small pore catalysts have shown great potential in a number of catalytic reactions and for the efficient use of natural gas. Their commercialisation, however, has been impeded due to the fast catalyst deactivation due to carbon deposit formation.
To understand why this happens, scientists at Johnson Matthey and UCL used a combination of techniques. This included the application of in situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) on Diamond's B18 beamline to investigate the structure during catalyst preparation & reaction. Scientists hope that the results will allow the optimisation of synthetic routes to explore the potential of using small pore topologies in catalytic reactions. Find out more.
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