J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces. 2022 Oct 20;126(41):17589-17597. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c05478. Epub 2022 Oct 10.
Oxides are essential catalysts and supports for noble metal catalysts. Their interaction with hydrogen enables, e.g., their use as a hydrogenation catalyst. Among the oxides considered reducible, substantial differences exist in their capability to activate hydrogen and how the oxide structure transforms due to this interaction. Noble metals, like platinum, generally enhance the oxide reduction by hydrogen spillover. This work presents a systematic temperature-programmed reduction study (300 to 873 K) of iron oxide, ceria, titania, zirconia, and alumina, with and without supported platinum. For all catalysts, platinum enhances the reducibility of the oxide. However, there are pronounced differences among all catalysts.