Catalytic decomposition of 2-propanol on ZnO(0001) and (0001) surfaces

M. Vest, P. J. Berlowitz, H. H. Kung

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Catalytic decomposition of 2-propanol was studied using single crystal Zn-polar and O-polar surfaces of ZnO at an effective pressure on the surface of about 0.014 mtorr and at a temperature from 150 to 350 °C. The reaction was first order in 2-propanol. Under these conditions, the Zn-polar surface was found to be much more active than the O-polar surface. Thus the reaction is structure sensitive. The apparent activation energy was 8.8±2 kcal mol-1 on the Zn-polar surface and 5.2±3 kcal mol-1 on the O-polar surface. The kinetic parameters were in general agreements with those found on powder samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-587
Number of pages11
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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