We present the role of Pd ensembles in the selective direct synthesis of H 2O 2 from H 2 and O 2on a PdAu alloy surface based on periodic density functional theory calculations. Our calculations demonstrate that H 2O 2 formation is strongly affected by the spatial arrangement of Pd and Au surface atoms. In particular, Pd monomers surrounded by less active Au atoms that suppress O-O bond scission are primarily responsible for the significantly enhanced selectivity toward H 2O 2 formation on PdAu alloys compared to that on the monometallic Pd and Au counterparts.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films