Effect of Al-distribution on oxygen activation over Cu-CHA
Journal article, 2018

Cu(NH 3 ) 2 + -pairs in chabazite (CHA) have been suggested to activate oxygen during lowerature selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides with ammonia (NH 3 -SCR). As charge neutrality requires that each Cu-complex is associated with a framework Al, the Al-distribution may affect Cu(NH 3 ) 2 + -pair formation and subsequent oxygen activation. Here, density functional theory calculations in combination with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to explore Cu(NH 3 ) 2 + -pair formation and oxygen activation in Cu-CHA. The Al-distribution is found to markedly affect the probability for Cu(NH 3 ) 2 + -pair formation. Moreover, the molecular dynamics simulations reveal a low-energy reaction path for O 2 activation and dissociation. The facile O 2 dissociation suggests that Cu-pair formation rather than O 2 activation governs the lowerature NH 3 -SCR activity. The results indicate that precise synthesis of Cu-exchanged chabazite with respect to Al-distribution may enhance the catalytic activity.


Lin Chen

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Chalmers, Physics, Chemical Physics

Hanne Falsig

Haldor Topsoe

Ton Janssens

Haldor Topsoe

Jonas Jansson

Volvo Group

Magnus Skoglundh

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Henrik Grönbeck

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Chalmers, Physics, Chemical Physics

Catalysis Science and Technology

2044-4753 (ISSN) 2044-4761 (eISSN)

Vol. 8 8 2131-2136

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry

Other Physics Topics

Organic Chemistry



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