Applications of High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) in heterogeneous catalysis

H. R.J. ter Veen, T. Kim, I. E. Wachs, H. H. Brongersma

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High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) is a sensitive analysis technique for the outermost atomic layer of a sample. On a heterogeneous catalyst, this outermost atomic layer is the precise location where the catalytic processes take place. Based on the principles of classical mechanics, HS-LEIS determines the mass of surface atoms by measuring the energy from ions that are scattered from the surface. Examples with pure oxides, mixed oxides and supported metal oxide catalyst samples are presented to demonstrate the sensitivity, the ease of quantification, the availability of information about layers immediately beneath the surface (relevant for the dispersion of the active catalytic component on the surface of the catalyst) as well as the potential for High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) due to the short analysis times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank Prof. Dr. Vadim Guliants (Chemical Engineering Department, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA) for providing the mixed oxide catalyst sample and Drs. Ally Chan and Simon Bare (UOP, Des Plaines, IL, USA) for providing the Al 2 O 3 /Si and SiO 2 /Si samples. The Lehigh contribution was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences grant DE-FG02-93ER-14350.

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  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS)
  • MoO/TiO catalyst
  • Surface analysis


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