Dissociation of molecular hydrogen (H2) is extensively studied to understand the mechanism of hydrogenation reactions. In this study, H2 dissociation by Au1-doped closed-shell titanium oxide cluster anions AuTi3O7− and AuTi3O8− has been identified by mass spectrometry and quantum chemistry calculations. The clusters were generated by laser ablation and mass-selected to react with H2 in an ion trap reactor. In the reaction of AuTi3O8− with H2, the ion pair Au+−O22− rather than Au+−O2− is the active site to promote H2 dissociation. This finding is in contrast with the previous result that the lattice oxygen is usually the reactive oxygen species in H2 dissociation. The higher reactivity of the peroxide species is further supported by frontier molecular orbital analysis. This study provides new insights into gold catalysis involving H2 activation and dissociation.
H2 dissociation by Au1-doped closed-shell titanium oxide cluster anions†
Li-xue Jiang, Xiao-na Li, Zi-yu Li, Hai-fang Li, Sheng-gui He; H2 dissociation by Au1-doped closed-shell titanium oxide cluster anions. Chin. J. Chem. Phys. 1 August 2018; 31 (4): 457–462. https://doi.org/10.1063/1674-0068/31/cjcp1805107
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