Isolated Rh atoms in dehydrogenation catalysis

Wittkämper H, Hock R, Weißer M, Dallmann J, Vogel C, Raman N, Tacardi N, Haumann M, Wasserscheid P, Hsieh TE, Maisel S, Moritz M, Wichmann C, Frisch J, Gorgoi M, Wilks RG, Bär M, Wu M, Spiecker E, Görling A, Unruh T, Steinrück HP, Papp C (2023)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023


Book Volume: 13

Pages Range: 4458-

Journal Issue: 1

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-31157-y


Isolated active sites have great potential to be highly efficient and stable in heterogeneous catalysis, while enabling low costs due to the low transition metal content. Herein, we present results on the synthesis, first catalytic trials, and characterization of the Ga9Rh2 phase and the hitherto not-studied Ga3Rh phase. We used XRD and TEM for structural characterization, and with XPS, EDX we accessed the chemical composition and electronic structure of the intermetallic compounds. In combination with catalytic tests of these phases in the challenging propane dehydrogenation and by DFT calculations, we obtain a comprehensive picture of these novel catalyst materials. Their specific crystallographic structure leads to isolated Rhodium sites, which is proposed to be the decisive factor for the catalytic properties of the systems.

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Wittkämper, H., Hock, R., Weißer, M., Dallmann, J., Vogel, C., Raman, N.,... Papp, C. (2023). Isolated Rh atoms in dehydrogenation catalysis. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 4458-.


Wittkämper, Haiko, et al. "Isolated Rh atoms in dehydrogenation catalysis." Scientific Reports 13.1 (2023): 4458-.

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