The kinetics of electrocatalytic dissociation reaction of dimethyl ether (DME) on a platinum (Pt) polycrystalline electrode in an acidic solution yielding carbon monoxide (CO) has been quantitatively analyzed by in situ IR spectroscopy in the potential region between 100 and 500 mV (vs reversible hydrogen electrode). A two-step consecutive reaction model, an initial dehydrogenation step followed by a CO formation step, is proposed for the dissociation process of the DME molecule. The mechanism of the DME dissociation on the Pt electrode surface is discussed based on the kinetic analysis.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry