In situ infrared study of photoreaction of ethanol on Au and Ag/TiO2

Azadeh Rismanchian, Yu Wen Chen, Steven S.C. Chuang

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An in situ IR technique was used to study the role of Au and Ag additives on photocatalytic reaction of ethanol on TiO2 at 300 K. Au and Ag additives increased water/ethanol coverage and decreased the rate of ethanol's C-H scission, a step involving in scavenging photogenerated holes. Au and Ag promoted adsorption of ethanol as monodentate ethoxy, accelerated its conversion to formate (HCOO-ad) and acetate (CH3COO-ad). In contrast, adsorbed ethanol on TiO2 did not produce IR-observable products and exhibited a Stark effect with a decreased C-H intensity upon accumulation of photogenerated electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Today
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2016


  • Ag/TiO
  • Au/TiO
  • In situ IR
  • Photo-oxidation
  • Surface hydroxyl
  • Water/ethanol coverage


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