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Platinum Metals Rev., 1984, 28, (3), 132

Abstracts: July 1984

of current literature on the platinum metals and their alloys



Interaction of O2 with Pt(100).1. Equilibrium Measurements. II. Kinetics and Energetics

k. griffiths, t. e. jackman, j. a. davies and p. r. norton; p. r. norton, k. griffiths, and p. e. bindner, Surf. Sci., 1984, 138, (1), 113–124; 125–147

Two newly discovered phases on the Pt(100) surface produced by the adsorption of O have been investigated. One phase is associated with the O-saturated surface, where a very complex LEED pattern is seen; the other is observed at an average coverage of 0.44 ± 0.05 monolayers and gives rise to a (3 × 1) LEED pattern. Rutherford backscattering experiments indicate large Pt atom displacements. (19 Refs; 20 Refs.)

Inhibition of Acid Etching of Pt by Pre-exposure to Oxygen Plasma

m. j. kim, l. a. gruenke, r. j. saia and s. s. cohen, Appl. Phys. Lett., 1984, 44, (4), 462–464

The characteristics of Pt etching in aqua regia have been studied. Prior exposure to an O2 plasma inhibited the dissolution of the Pt. O2, which is more abundant in the exposed than the unexposed Pt helps to form an inhibition layer, such as PtO2, which prevents Cl attack. This inhibition layer appears to retard Pt etching effectively in Cl based etch solutions.

Isothermal Section of Phase Diagram of the Gold-Platinum-Rhodium System at 1000°C

g. p. zhmurko, e. m. sokolovskaya, m. v. raevskaya and yu. a. brauer, Vestn. Mosk. Univ., Ser. Khim., 1984, 25, (1), 107–108

Microstructural and spectroscopic studies were made of the character of phase equilibrium in the Au-Pt-Rh system at 1000°C. Boundaries for reciprocal solubility of components at 1000°C and for permeation of separation in liquid state in ternary systems are obtained.

Phase Diagrams of Platinum-Ruthenium-Rhodium, Platinum-Ruthenium-Palladium and Platinum-Ruthenium-Iridium Systems at 1400°C

m. v. raevskaya, v. v. vasekin, yu. i. konobas and t. a. chemleva, Vestn. Mosk. Univ., Ser. Khim., 1984, 25, (1), 109–110

Physico-chemical studies of ternary systems Pt-Ru-Rh, Pt-Ru-Pd and Pt-Ru-Ir were made and a region of phase equilibrium was established at 1400°C.

Thermal Diffusion of Pt in Silicon from PtSi

s. mantovani, f. nava, c. nobili, m. conti and g. pignatel, Appl. Phys. Lett., 1984, 44, (3), 328–330

Pt diffusion in n-type Si was measured using various spectroscopic techniques for deep energy levels. Pt acts as an acceptor which captures electrons. An energy level of 0.23 ± 0.02 eV was found for the trap.

In Situ Study of Film Stress and Kinetics of Platinum Silicide Formation on Silicon

j. t. pan and i. a. blech, Thin Solid Films, 1984, 113, (2), 129–134

In situ studies of the film stress and film reflectivity were performed when samples of Pt film on Si were sintered in an inert gas ambient. The reflectivity of the film dropped in two stages when the reaction between Pt and Si transformed the Pt film to a Pt2Si film and then to a PtSi film.

Pt-Ni Bilayers on n-Type Silicon. Metallurgical and Electrical Behaviour

s. mantovani, f. nava, c. nobili, g. queirolo and g. celotti, J. Appl. Phys., 1984, 55, (4), 899–908

Silicide formation in Pt/Ni/Si and Ni/Pt/Si structures has been investigated. Pt and Ni films were deposited on <100> n-type Si. The reaction starts by formation of Ni2Si or Pt2Si where metal meets Si and proceeds until all the inner metal film is silicide. When held at ∼300°C for 30 mins the outer metal diffuses through this silicide and builds up at the Si surface. When heated at 400°C for 30 mins NiSi forms and pushes out the Pt from the Si surface. Ni2Si changes to NiSi and the structures become non uniform. The Pt2Si → PtSi transformation at 500°C is accompanied by Pt transport through the NiSi.

The Investigation of Hydrogen Diffusion in Palladium by the Chemichromic Effect

j. j. kleperis, s. j. takeris, a. r. luss and j. p. stradins, Phys. Status Solidi, 1984, 81, (2), K121–K125

The chemichromic effect in WO3 was used to investigate H2 diffusion in Pd by the differential cell method enabling visual control of the H2 in, for instance, the walls of metallic pipelines for chemical transport to be checked for corrosion. Half of a thin Pd foil was covered with a 1μ m film of WO3 and the sample was fixed into a differential cell, with a laser beam and photoelectron multiplier. H2 was generated and the change in potential recorded by Ag/AgCl electrodes. The reflected laser light recorded changes in optical density. The appearance of H2 at the Pd/WO3 interface causes a colourless → blue transition.

SAXS Study on Crystallisation of an Amorphous Pd76Au6Si18 Alloy

r. o. suzuki and k. osamura, J. Mater. Sci., 1984, 19, (5), 1476–1485

The crystallisation behaviour of a Pd76Au6Si18 alloy was studied by means of small angle X-ray scattering technique. The amorphous alloy crystallised to form MS-I phase with composition Pd78Au22 in the amorphous matrix, which later crystallised as MS-II. The remarkable increase of the scattering intensity corresponded to the growth of MS-I phase, the kinetics of which were found to be controlled by the diffusion mechanism. The interdiffusion constant was obtained from D = 6.0 × 1015 exp (− 420kJ/mol/RT)m2/s.

Superconductivity and Atomic Ordering of Pd-Cu-H Solid Solutions

v. e. antonov, t. e. antonova, i. t. belash, v. yu. malyshev and v. i. rashupkin, Phys. Status Solidi, 1984, 81, (2), K185–K190

The superconducting transition temperature TK(n) dependences on the H : metal atomic ratio, n, for ordered and disordered Pd-Cu-H solutions containing 10−40 at.% Cu were studied. Pd-Cu samples were hydrogenated for 24h at 100 ≤ T < 300°C and H2 pressures ≤ 8 GPa. X-ray analyses of the alloys under various H2 pressures were performed and the structural results are discussed. Replacing Pd by Cu resulted in no essential changes in the TK(n) dependence of the Pd-H γ -solutions for hydrogenation under conditions close to thermodynamic equilibrium.

Change of Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Pd-W Alloys during Hydrogenation

f. n. berseneva, n. v. volkenshtein, e. v. galoshina, v. i. gromov, n. i. timofeev and t. s. shubina, Fiz. Met. Metalloved., 1984, 57, (2), 283–287

Studies were made of magnetic susceptibility and electroresistivity of hydrogenated solid solutions in Pd100−xWx systems (x = 0, 1, 7 and 8) with H < Pd ≤ 0.5). Both the temperature coefficients of resistance and the susceptibility of Pd-W alloys decreased with the increase of W concentration. Magnetic susceptibility of the alloys decreases linearly with the increase of H concentration during hydrogenation.

High-Pressure Magnetic Susceptibility of the Intermediate Valence System EuPd2Si2

s. srinivasan, s. usha, e. v. sampathkumaran and r. vijayaraghavan, J. Phys. F, 1984, 14, (3), L33–L35

Studies of the pressure dependence of the magnetic susceptibility of the intermediate valence system EuPd2Si2 at 77−300K and 0−7kbar showed that the thermally induced valence transition became more gradual on application of pressure. The characteristic fluctuation temperature was pressure dependent.

Activation Volume for Hydrogen Diffusion in Palladium Hydride

b. baranowski and s. majorowski, J. Less-Common Met., 1984, 98, (2), L27–L29

A method for measuring activation volume for H2 diffusion in Pd hydride, which consists of parallel measurements of Fick’s diffusion for pure gaseous H2 and for a mixture of H2 and He is reported. H2 occupies the octahedral interstitial sites in the Pd lattice. The number of sites available is independent of the pressure and therefore the volume of activation measured relates to the kinetic part only. It involves the dilatation of the lattice during the intermediate step and the numerical value indicates that this dilatation is comparable with the partial molar volume of H2. The activation volume in the system may be a function of the composition and the pressure (at a given temperature).

SQUID—Magnetometer Combined with Ion Implantation

m. hitzfeld, z. ziemann and w. buckel, J. Phys. E, 1984, 17, (4), 291–295

A magnetron is presented which allows the in situ determination of the magnetic susceptibility of PdFe and InMn samples produced by low temperature (T < 10K) ion implantation into corresponding Pd and In foils. The superconducting transition temperature of InMn and the ferromagnetic transition temperature of PdFe samples are used in studies of the performance of the instrument. The operating principle is based on a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) detecting changes in the magnetisation as a function of the temperature of a sample positioned within a static magnetic field.

Thermal Stability of Crystalline and Amorphous Zr2PdHx

r. c. bowman, j. s. cantrell and d. e. etter, Scr. Metall., 1984, 18, (1), 61–66

Differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction have been used to study the phase transitions and decompositions of the a-Zr2Pd alloy, a-Zr2PdH2.9 and several crystalline c-Zr2PdH1.94 compositions. The H-free alloy undergoes low energy exothermic transitions that are very similar to crystallisation behaviour in other metallic glasses, however the lower exothermic peak may be due to the formation of a metastable phase. A strongly endothermic peak is observed for a-Zr2PdH2.9.

The Structure of [Er(1)1−x, Sn(1)x] Er(2)4Rh6Sn(2)4Sn(3)12Sn(4)2, A Ternary Reentrant Superconductor

j. l. hodeau, m. marezio and j. p. remeika, Acta Crystallogr., Sect. B, 1984, 40, (1), 26–38

The crystal structure of phase II of the above compound, which has re-entrant superconductivity (Tc = 0.97 and TM = 0.57K) has been solved, and refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. The space group is I41/acd, with eight formulae per unit cell of dimensions a = 13.73 and c = 27.42Å.

Phase Diagram and High-Resolution Photoemission Study of the Super-conducting and Magnetic Pseudoternary Body-Centered-Tetragonal Ho(Rh1−xRux)4B4 System

r. knauf, a. thomä, h. adrian and r. l. johnson, Phys. Rev. B, 1984, 29, (5), 2477–2482

The phase diagram for b.c.t. superconducting pseudoternary system Ho(Rh1−xRux)4B4 (0.07 ≤ x ≤ 1) is reported for temperatures above 1.3K, showing an abrupt drop in Tc near the critical concentration xcr ≍ 0.40, characteristic for this class of compound. To clarify the origin of this phenomenon, high resolution photoemission spectra have been taken of samples with x = 0.07, 0.37 and 0.90. The analysis of the valence band data near Ef shows a shift of Ef to lower energies with increasing x relative to the transition metal d-electron structure.

Crystal Structure of New Superconducting Materials LaIrSi3 and LaRhSi3. Structural Relation between LaRh2Si2, La3Rh3Si5 and LaRhSi3

p. lejay, i. higashi, b. chevalier, j. etourneau and p. hagenmuller, Mater. Res. Bull., 1984, 19, (1), 115–123

Two new superconducting silicides LaRhSi3 and LaIrSi3 have been prepared by arc melting the elements and annealing for ten days at 900°C. A single crystal study shows these materials to have tetragonal symmetry and to be isostructural with BaPtSn3. Their Tc = 1.9−2.7K depends strongly on stoichiometry and thermal treatment. The structures are compared to those of superconducting LaRh2Si2 and La2Rh3Si5. The superconductivity seems to be related to the presence of similar co-ordination polyhedra for Rh or Ir and Si atoms.

Thick Osmium Targets

w. reuter, j. c. gursky, e. b. shera and m. w. johnson, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res., 1984, 220, (2, 3), 288–292

Os targets 20−40 mg/cm2 sandwiched in graphite by centrifuging and hot-pressing in Ar have been prepared for electron scattering experiments. The elastic and inelastic electron scattering cross sections could then be determined. The target needs to endure temperatures up to 500°C for ∼ 100h without showing chemical or mechanical change.

Mossbauer Evidence for Ru(IV) and Ru(II) in TiO2

p. triggs, f. levy and f. e. wagner, Mater. Res. Bull., 1984, 19, (2), 197–200

The Mössbauer absorption of the 89.4 keV line of 99Ru has been measured at 4.2K for samples of Ru in TiO2 and in TiO2 doped with Ta. It is deduced that Ru replaces Ti substitutionally in TiO2 as Ru(IV) and that no delocalisation of the four Ru(IV) 4d electrons occurs. If the donor Ta is added to the system, the Ru(II) ion is formed, showing that Ru behaves as an acceptor in TiO2.


Interaction of Rhodium (III) with Anthranilic Acid

v. m. blokhina, v. i. ivlieva, a. k. molodkin and b. e. zaitsev, Zh. Neorg. Khim., 1984, 29, (3), 764–767

Chemical, thermogravimetric and spectroscopic studies of the interaction of Rh(III) with anthranilic acid showed, for the first time, formation of complex compounds [Rh(C7H6O2N)2Cl.H2O] and [Rh(C7H6O2N)3].H2O. The prepared compounds are not soluble in H2O, ethanol, acetone, etc., but [Rh(C7H6O2N)3].H O dissolved in HNO3.


Electrocatalysis by Electrodeposited Spherical Pt Microparticles Dispersed in a Polymeric Film Electrode

w.-h. kao and t. kuwana, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1984, 106, (3), 473–476

Electrochemical methods for the dispersion of Pt microparticles at microgram levels in polymeric matrices of poly(vinylacetic acid) glassy C electrodes, Pt-PVAA/GC are described. Cyclic voltammetry and single and double potential step electrolysis were applied to form Pt0 particles on PVAA/GC from an acidic hexachloroplatinate solution. The Pt particles were randomly dispersed in the polymer and were spherically shaped. This electrode had high activity toward the electrochemical generation of H2 and reduction of O2. The electrodes have a large surface area at low loading levels, high catalytic efficiency and excellent stability.

Methanol Electrooxidation on Platinum Directly Bonded to a Solid Polymer Electrolyte Membrane

a. aramata and r. ohnishi, J. Electroanal. Chem. Interfacial Electrochem., 1984, 162, (1/2), 153–162

Methanol electrooxidation was performed in perchloric acid solution on Pt directly bonded to a solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) membrane. After an initial sharp deactivation in a short time at the polarisation, the Pt-SPE was found to retain high activity for a long duration, whereas the platinised Pt showed a considerable decrease in activity during the polarisation. A surface mediator action of Pt0 and Pt2+ was essential for the durability of a high catalytic activity.

Adsorption and Oxidation of Phenol on Platinum and Graphite Anodes

t. a. kharlamova, g. a. tedoradze and l. t. gorokhova, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Elektrokhim., 1984, 20, (4), 490–493

Studies were made of the anodic behaviour of phenol on Pt and graphite anodes under potentiodynamic and galvanostatic regimes; and the dependence of the values of phenol adsorption on the potential in acid, neutral and alkali media was established. The reaction order for the oxidation of phenol was 1 for phenol concentration of 1.10−3−1.10−4M at pH ≤ 7.

Cyclic Voltammetric Investigation of Platinum-Rhodium Alloys

m. k. aston, d. a. j. rand and r. woods, J. Electroanal. Chem. Interfacial Electrochem., 1984, 163, (1/2), 199–207

Cyclic voltammetric studies were performed on Pt-Rh alloys in a wide range of pH value solutions. The potential of the O desorption peak on the voltammogram was found to vary linearly with alloy composition. At lower or higher pH values, preferential dissolution of Rh results in Pt concentration at the alloy surface. At pH 13.0, a hydrated Rh oxide layer develops on the electrode, and changes in the stoichiometry of this oxide give rise to anodic and cathodic current peaks.

Study of the Composition of the Surface of Platinum, Rhodium and Their Alloys after Anodic Polarisation at High Potentials by X-Ray Electron and Auger Spectroscopy

a. a. yakovleva, i. l. kuvinova, a. m. kleshchevnikov, e. n. lubnin and y. a. m. kolotyrkin, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Elektrokhim., 1984, 20, (3), 398–401

X-ray electron and Auger spectroscopy studies of the surface of Pt, Rh and 10−20wt.% Rh-Pt alloys after anodic polarisation at high potentials showed a PtO formation with a thickness range of 8Å and also of PtO2.H2O oxide, depending on the polarisation and on the concentration of solution on the surface.

Thermochromatographic Behaviour of Oxygen-Containing Iridium and Platinum Compounds in Ultra Small Quantities

v. p. domanov, b. aikhlev and i. zvara Radiokhimiya, 1984, 26, (1), 66–76

Radioactive Ir and Pt compounds were prepared in air at 725 ± 25°C by isolation in a SiO2 thermochromatographic column. Both elements formed two adsorption zones and adsorption zone centres were at 265 ± 20°C and 175 ± 20°C for Ir and at 280 ± 20°C and 55 ± 15°C for Pt. It is suggested that MeO3 oxides are adsorbed at the higher temperature zones and compounds are fixed to oxides at the lower temperature zone.

Structure and Electrical Properties of Pd-Ag-H Alloys Synthesised at High Hydrogen Pressures

v. e. antonov, t. e. antonova, i. t. belash and e. g. ponyatovskii, Fiz. Met. Metalloved., 1984, 57, (4), 671–679

Studies of the behaviour of electrical resistivity, composition and crystal structure of solid hydrogen solutions Pd-Ag-H were performed on Pd-Ag alloys containing 0, 20, 50, 78 and 100at.% Ag prepared under a H2 pressure of 67kbar at up to 350°C. New phase conversions in the systems Pd50Ag50-H and Pd22Ag78-H were obtained. The results showed that the conversion in the Pd50Ag50-H system occurred by atomic ordering in the metallic matrix of its solution.

Electrochemistry in Liquid Sulfur Dioxide. 5. Oxidation of Bipyridine and Phenanthroline Complexes of Osmium, Ruthenium, and Iron

j. g. gaudiello, p. g. bradley, k. a. norton, w. h. woodruff and a. j. bard, Inorg. Chem., 1984, 23, (1), 3–10

The electrochemical oxidation of bipyridine and phenanthroline complexes of Ru, Os and Fe in liquid SO2 was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and coulometry. and undergo two successive one-electron oxidations to form stable 3+ and 4+ species. and when oxidised to the 4+ form, produce an electroactive layer on the electrode surface.

Hydrogenation of Acetylene and Ethylene Alcohols in the Liquid Phase on Membrane Catalysts Made of Binary Alloys of Palladium with Nickel and Ruthenium

a. n. karavanov and v. m. gryaznov, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Kinet. Katal., 1984, 25, (1), 69–73

Studies of the hydrogenation of a number of unsaturated aliphatic alcohols in the liquid phase over H2 permeable Ru-Ni membrane catalyst showed that most active and selective were membrane catalysts made of 6wt.%Ru-Ni alloy. Capacity of the surface of the membrane catalyst during hydrogenation of acetylene alcohol was almost 100 times higher than those of supported and skeletal catalysts.

Novel Effect of Neighboring Groups on the Quenching of the Excited State of a Polymer-Pendant by Methylviologen

m. kaneko, a. yamada, e. tsuchida and y. kurimura, J. Phys. Chem., 1984, 88, (6), 1061–1062

A polymer-pendant tris(2,2′-bipyridine)Ru(II) complex was prepared from the copolymer of 4-methyl-4′-vinyl-2,2′-bipyridine and acrylic acid, and the quenching of its excited state by methylviologen was studied. The quenching rate showed a great pH dependence and was an order of magnitude larger than that of the monomeric in alkaline medium.


Photolysis of Water over Pt/TiO2 Catalysts

k. yamaguti and s. sato, Nippon Kagaku Kaishi, 1984, (2), 253–263

The quantum efficiency was measured for the photolysis of gaseous H2O over NaOH-coated Pt/TiO2 catalysts and was maximised by selection of crystal structure and source of TiO2. The catalysts could be activated by illuminating them in a wet state and then in a dry state in the presence of gaseous water. A maximum quantum efficiency of 17% occurred when MCB anatase was used.

Resin-Immobilized Photocatalyst for Visible Light-Induced Hydrogen Evolution

n. toshima, y. yamada, j. ishiyama and h. hirai, Nippon Kagaku Kaishi, 1984, (2), 368–371

Resin-immobilised colloidal Pt catalysts were prepared by refluxing an anion-exchange resin and chelate resin hexachloroplatinate complexes in ethanol-water. The catalysts were active for visible light induced H2 evolution in an EDTA/[Ru(bpy)3]2+/MV2+ aqueous solution. Ternary photocatalysts were prepared by further immobilisation of and MV2+ on the chelate resin-immobilised Pt catalyst by electrostatic means. Irradiation of this ternary photocatalyst in an aqueous solution of disodium EDTA resulted in H2 evolution.

Photocatalyzed Hydroxylation of Benzene in the Presence of Semiconductors

s. teratani, y. takagi, m. takahishi, h. noda, a. ikuo and k. tanaka, Nippon Kagaku Kaishi, 1984, (2), 283–291

TiO2 was loaded with Pt, Pd, Cu, RuOx, PdOx, IrOx, RhOx and PtOx to try to enhance the yield of phenol during the photocatalytic hydroxylation of benzene and other aromatic compounds. Benzene hydroxylation was conducted at 30°C under 1 atm O2 by irradiation with a 500W Xe lamp. The above catalysts had quite high relative activities ranging from 3.0 to 4.3 when used in H2SO4-added solution. The highest relative activity (4.8) was obtained with the RuOx/TiO2 catalyst in the H2SO4-acidified solution containing 4-methyl-2-pentanone.

Hydrogen-Evolving Solar Cells

a. heller, Science, 1984, 223, (4641), 1141–1148

A review is given of H2-evolving photochemical cells with semiconductor electrodes where sunlight is directly converted to chemical energy. In H2-evolving photoelectrodes, electron-hole pairs photogenerated in the semiconductor are separated at electrical microcontacts between the semiconductor and group VIII metal, including Pt group metal, catalyst islands. Their Gibbs free energy efficiency solar-to-hydrogen conversion of 13.3% approaches the solar-to-electrical conversion efficiency of the best p-n function cells. (123 Refs.)

Luminescence and Triplet-Triplet Absorption Spectra of Rhodium (III) Porphyrins

k. kalyanasundaram, Chem. Phys. Lett., 1984, 104, (4), 357–362

Photophysical studies of four Rh(III) porphyrins RhTPP(Cl)(L), RhOEP(Cl)(L) and RhMesoPME(Cl)(L) showed them to be characterised by a moderate phosphorescence (ϕ ≥ 10−2) and a very weak fluorescence (ϕ ≤ 5 × 10−4) in solution at room temperature. TPP derivatives also have moderately intense triplet-triplet absorption.


Electrochemical Deposition of Conducting Ruthenium Oxide Films from Solution

d. p. anderson and l. f. warren, J. Electrochem. Soc., 1984, 131, (2), 347–349

A new method of electrodepositing conducting hydrated Ru oxide films from stable aqueous solutions containing a Ru(II) complex is described. The films slowly dissolve in aqueous electrolyte upon potential cycling, yet appear to be catalytic during water oxidation.


Sputtered Platinum Films on Colloidal Gold Particles: A Calibration Specimen for Quartz Film Thickness Monitors

b. v. johansen and e. namork, J. Microsc. (Oxford), 1984, 133, (1), 83–87

A method for calibrating quartz crystal thickness monitors is described, which makes use of 20nm Pt sputtered colloidal Au particles. The actual thickness is measured on TEMs of Au particles protruding from the edge of fractured, rolled up, C films.

Use of Arsenic Resonance Line of 197.2nm and Matrix Modification for Determination of Arsenic in Environmental Samples by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Using Palladium as a Matrix Modifier

shan xiao-quan, ni zhe-ming and zhang li, At. Spectrosc., 1984, 5, (1), 1–4

An atomic absorption spectrometer with a graphite furnace was used to measure As absorbance at 197.2nm. The As-containing river sediment solutions were injected into the heated graphite furnace along with the same volume of aqueous Pd solution. When a L’vov platform with matrix modification by Pd was used the tolerable charring temperature for As was raised to 1500°C, and the peak absorbance sensitivity increased. This can be used with biological samples to determine As levels.

Impregnation of Biological Material by ZnI2-OsO4, KI-OsO4 and NaI-OsO4 Mixtures for Electron Microscopic Observations: Chemical Interpretation of the Reaction

f. carrapiço, f. madalena-costa and m. s. s. pais, J. Microsc. (Oxford), 1984, 134, (2), 193–202

Alkaline iodide-OsO4 mixtures were used in the electron microscopic study of plant cells and gave better results in the preservation of the cell structure, in contrast to the cell structure observed when ZnI2-OsO4 mixtures are used.

Osmium Tetroxide: A New Probe for Site-Specific Distortions in Supercoiled DNAs

g. c. glikin, m. vojtiskova, l. rena-descalzi and e. palecek, Nucl. Acids Res., 1984, 12, (3), 1725–1735

OsO4 has been shown by gel electrophoresis to bind to supercoiled DNA, to induce its relaxation without nicking, and to form single-stranded regions at specific sites which are recognisable by nuclease S1, and visualised as a denaturation “bubble” in the electron microscope. The amount of Os bound to the DNA increases with the extent of DNA relaxation. The “bubble” remains stable, yielding the possibility of site mapping. Thus Os may represent another probe for local distortions in the DNA structure.

Spectrophotometric Determination of Carbon Monoxide with Ruthenium (II) Octaethylporphyrin

a. corsini, a. chan and h. mehdi, Talanta, 1984, 31, (1), 33–38

A novel spectrophotometric method for estimating CO at levels from 2–250 ppm is presented. It is based on the formation of a carbonyl complex of Ru(II) octaethylporphyrin and measurement of the difference in absorbance at 393.5nm between this complex and the porphyrin reagent. O2 and N2 do not interfere and up to 300 ppm of SO2 and ∼1500 ppm CO2 can be tolerated to determine CO at the 4−10 ppm levels. H2S interferes and must be eliminated before determination.


Studies of the Deactivation Processes of Platinum Catalysts during Burning up of Exhaust Gases in the Internal Combustion Engine

r. a. gazarov, s. a. safonov, g. m. plavnik, v. p. moissev, v. i. panchishnyi and v. v. matveev, Zh. Prikl. Khim. (Leningrad), 1984, 57, (2), 262–266

Studies of the deactivation processes were performed on 1wt.% Pt/Al2O3 catalyst prepared by saturation with H2PtCl6 followed by drying and reduction in H2 at 850−900°C. The results showed that continuous exposure of Pt catalyst to exhaust gases in the combustion engine leads both to the sintering of the active Pt particles and to sulphating of the support, causing change in its phase state.

Optimization of an n-Pentane Isomerisation Reactor

m. culpaz, j. akyurtlu and z. aktas, Chem. Eng. J., 1984, 28, (1), 39–48

The optimisation of the operating variables in a pentane isomerisation reactor was studied during isomerisation on Pt/Al2O3 reforming catalyst where there is the problem of catalyst decay due to the carbonaceous deposits. The improvement obtained with optimal operation ranges from an increase of 7% to an increase of 36% in the production rates.

I. Kinetics of Catalytic Hydrocracking of n-Decane, n-Undecane and n-Dodecane on Platinum/Alumina Catalyst. II. Composition of the Products of Hydrocracking of n-Decane, n-Undecane and n-Dodecane on Platinum/Alumina Catalyst

yu. ya. gol’dfard, ya. r. katsobashvili, e. a. kulikova, a. l. rozental and i. g. sirotkina, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Kinet. Katal., 1984, 25, (2), 363–369, 370–378

Studies of the kinetics of catalytic hydrocracking and the composition of hydrocracking products were performed during hydrocracking of n-decane, n-undecane and n-dodecane over Pt/Al2O3 catalyst at 450°C. Relative constants of the rate of isomerisation and cracking reactions of the initial organic compounds are reported.

Radial Profiles in Pt/Al2O3, Re/Al2O3 and Pt-Re/Al2O3

s. r. de miguel, o. a. scelza, a. a. castro, g. t. baronetti, d. r. ardiles and j. m. parera, Appl. Catal., 1984, 9, (3), 309–325

The competitive effect of HCl on H2PtCl6 and/or HReO4 deposition on γ -Al2O3 was studied by determining HCl, H2PtCl6 and HReO4 adsorption isotherms and by obtaining their radial distribution profiles. The results show that the three components compete for the same surface sites and the number of occupied surface sites per adsorbed molecule of HCl, HReO4 and H2PtCl6 is 1, 2 and 4, respectively. The adsorbate-support interactions were strong and the shape of the radial profiles indicated that the H2PtCl6, HCl and HReO4 adsorption was more rapid than the interparticle diffusion.

Aromatisation of n-Heptane on Platinum Catalysts

d. dimitrov, m. gancheva, l. kozova and v. penchev, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Neftekhim., 1984, 24, (2), 196–200

Studies of the effect of thermal treatment on the activity and selectivity of Pt containing zeolite, PtKL and PtNaX type catalysts were performed during dehydrocyclisation of n-pentane. The most active and selective were catalysts thermally treated in air, then in an Ar atmosphere and then reduced in H2. It is suggested that the inert gas removes adsorbed oxygen in zeolites thus inhibiting the local thermal effects.

Valence State Platinum and Catalytic Activity of Palladium/Support Catalysts

n. s. kozlov, l. ya. mostovaya, a. f. yanchuk, g. a. zhizhenko and l. i. titova, Vestn. Akad. Nauk BSSR, Ser. Khim. Nauk, 1984, (1), 14–18

Studies were made of Pt supported catalysts prepared by impregnation of γ -Al2O3, MgO and SiO2 with anionic and cationic Pt complexes, (NH4)2PtCl4, (NH4)2PtCl6 and Pt(NH3)4Cl2. The nature of the initial Pt complex determines the catalytic properties of the catalysts.

Kinetics of Isomerisation of n-Pentane on Aluminum-Platinum-Lead Catalyst

i. a. vartanov, m. s. kharson, m. m. kostyukovskii, v. g. lipovich and s. l. kiperman, Akad. Nauk SSSR, Kinet. Katal, 1984, 25, (1), 142–146

Studies of the kinetics of isomerisation of n-pentane were made on Pt-Pb/Al2O3 catalysts prepared by saturation of a 0.55% Pt−3.5% F/Al2O3 catalyst with Pb acetate, dried in air at 120°C for 4h and reduced in H2 at 450°C for 6h. The Pt-Pb/Al2O3 catalyst contained 25% Pb and studies were performed at 400−480°C.

Selectivity of Hydrogenation in an Alkyne-Alkene System on Palladium Catalysts Modified with Inorganic Salts

l. červený, n. t. thanh and v. růžička, Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun., 1984, 49, (3), 592–596

Studies were made of the competitive catalytic hydrogenation of 2-octyne and 1-heptene in methanol over 3% Pd/activated C and Pd black catalysts modified with NH4Cl, KCl, K2CO3 and CaCO3. The rates of hydrogenation of the two substrates and the rate of isomerisation of 1-heptene were measured. The effect of inorganic salts on the activity and selectivity of the catalysts is discussed.

Adsorption and Catalytic Behaviour of Palladium Dispersed on Rare Earth Oxides

m. d. mitchell and m. a. vannice, Ind. Eng. Chem., Fundam., 1984, 23, (1), 88–96

Studies of adsorption of H2, CO and O2 and of catalytic activity of Pd dispersed on La2O3, CeO2, Pr6O11, Nd2O3, Sm2O3 and Eu2O3 showed that large fractions of the Pd surface were blocked by the oxide support. Turnover frequencies for both CH4 and CO2 formation varied by an order of magnitude and for both reactions activity maxima at Pr or Nd occurred when plotted vs. atomic number. Mainly oxygenate formations occurred in these catalysts.

Enhanced Activity of Pd/TiO2 Catalysts for the CO/H2 Reaction in the Absence of Strong Metal-Support Interactions (SMSI)

j. d. bracey and r. burch, J. Catal, 1984, 86, (2), 384–391

The dispersion of the Pd in Pd/TiO2 and Pd/SiO2 catalysts was studied during H2 and CO adsorption, and catalytic activity was determined for the hydrogenolysis of ethane and for the CO/H2 reaction. It is found that the Pd/SiO2, and Pd/TiO2 catalysts reduced at low temperature, show normal chemisorption and catalytic properties. For the CO/H2 reaction it is found that all the Pd/TiO2 catalysts have enhanced activity, irrespective of whether or not SMSIs are operative. It is concluded that the high activity of TiO2-supported catalysis in the CO/H2 reaction is not due to SMSI. It is proposed that the role of the support is to create new active sites at the interface between metal and support.

Catalytic Chemistry of Oxide Bound Transition Metal Complexes

b. m. posin, Ph.D. Thesis, Princeton University, 1983, Diss. Abstr. Int. B., 1984, 44, (8), 2420-B

New electrophilic oxide-bound catalysts were investigated using high oxidation state organometallic compounds on high surface area oxides. Systems investigated were tris(allyl)Rh on Al2O3 or zeolite X and bis(allyl) Pd on zeolite X, zeolite Y and SiO2. Treatment of the supported allyl Pd species with H2 resulted in Pd metal formation. Methanol carbonylation, methane chlorination and heteroatom oxide reduction using CO as reducing agent were tested. Pd complexes were better than Rh complexes for the last reaction. All the Pd complexes reacted quickly with Cl2 to give similar species. The selectivity in product formation suggested that electrophilic attack by the Pd complex on an alkane was the key activating interaction.

Spectroscopic Studies on Adsorbed Metal Carbonyls. Part 1. Interaction of [Rh4(CO)12] and [Rh6(CO)16] with Alumina, Silica and Titania

j. evans and g. s. mcnulty, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1984, (4), 587–594

Spectroscopic studies of the interaction of [Rh4(CO)12] (1) and [Rh6(CO)16] (2) with Al2O3, TiO2, TiO2 and SiO2 using isotopic substitution and spectrum simulation techniques showed conversion of (1) into (2) on Al2O3 and TiO2. Isolated Rh1(CO)2 sites were considered to exist on all three oxides after oxidative fragmentation of (1) or (2).

Rhodium(I) and Ruthenium(II) Complexes of Sulphonated Triphenyl-phosphine Immobilised on Ion-Exchange Materials

f. joó and m. t. beck, J. Mol. Catal., 1984, 24, (2), 135–145

Complexes of sulphonated triphenylphosphine with Ru(II) and Rh(I) were immobilised on strongly basic anion exchanges. The heterogenised complexes were successfully applied to the hydrogenation of various olefins in solution and in the gas phase at 60°C and 120°C, respectively, and at 0.1 MPa total pressure. The results suggest that the anchored RuCl2(m-SPϕ )2 exerts its catalytic effect via the same molecular pathway as in homogeneous solutions.

Stoichiometric and Catalytic Homologation of Olefins on the Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts Fe/SiO2, Ru/SiO2, Os/SiO2 and Rh/SiO2. Mechanistic Implication in the Mode of C-C Bond Formation

m. leconte, a. theolier, d. rojas and j. m. basset, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1984, 106, (4), 1141–1142

With the above catalysts CnH2n olefins can be stoichiometrically or catalytically (under H2) homologated to higher and lower olefins, and there is evidence that the mode of the C-C bond formation is the same in Fischer-Tropsch and in homologation.

Chemisorption and Catalysis by Metal Clusters. 1. Chemisorption of Carbon Monoxide and of Oxygen Supported Osmium Clusters Derived from Os3(CO)12 and from Os6(CO)18

d. j. hunt, s. d. jackson, r. b. moyes, p. b. wells and r. whyman, J. Catal., 1984, 86, (2), 333–341

Studies of CO and O2 chemisorption on the high-nuclearity carbonyl protected clusters Os3(CO)12 or Os6(CO)18 impregnated on SiO2, Al2O3 and TiO2 were performed at 293K. It is suggested that CO and O2 each adsorbs molecularly in both the primary and the secondary regions. In the primary region CO adsorption occurs at Os sites on the cluster whereas in the secondary region it occurs at ligand-carbon bonded to Os.

Hydrogen Chemisorption Suppression in Ru-Zeolite Catalysts

h. t. wang, y. w. chen and j. e. goodwin, Zeolites, 1984, 4, (1), 56–60

Ru catalysts prepared using Na-X, Na-Y, K-L and Na-mordenite as supports were characterised by H2 and CO chemisorption. Significant suppression of H2 chemisorption was found for the ion-exchanged catalysts as the Si : Al ratio increased. Chemical interactions between the metal and support are the main cause of the H chemisorption suppression.

Catalytic Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide over Ru/SiO2. An in Situ Infrared and Kinetic Study

j. t. kiss and r. d. gonzalez, J. Phys. Chem., 1984, 88, (5), 892–897

A spectroscopic study of the partial deactivation of a series of Ru/SiO2 catalysts during the CO oxidation reaction showed that partial deactivation occurs as the result of the formation of a more tightly bound O2 species, perhaps lattice O2 which reacts more slowly with adsorbed CO than O2 in the reactant gas mixture. The results of a temperature-programmed reduction study showed that the CO species responsible for the CO adsorption band at 2010/cm reacts preferentially with H2 to form CH4.

Quantitative Studies on the Paramagnetic Behavior of RuO2-TiO2 (Anatase) Powders Catalytically Active in Water Oxidation

p. baltzer, r. s. davidson, a. c. tseung, m. grätzel and j. kiwi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1984, 106, (5), 1504–1506

The paramagnetic behaviour of RuO2 islands on TiO2 was studied since the paramagnetic properties of surfaces have a profound effect on chemical reactions. In the reaction 4Ce4+ + H2O → 4Ce3+ + 4H+ + O2, catalysed by RuO2, the paramagnetic species are responsible for the catalysis since the observed reaction goes through isolated RuO2 islands on the catalyst surface. A 6% RuO2/TiO2 loading represented the minimum concentration for maximum contact.


Application of Ultrafine Metal Particles to Organic Syntheses

h. hirai and m. komiyama, J. Synth. Org. Chem., Jpn., 1984, 42, (1), 32–38

The application of ultrafine metal particles 10−1000Å in diameter to organic syntheses are reviewed. Ultrafine particles of Pt, Pd, Rh, Ru, Cu and others show high catalytic activity and selectivity in various organic syntheses. Catalytic reactions involve: hydrogenation of C = C double bonds, nitro groups and aromatic rings; hydrogenation of dienes to the corresponding monoenes; hydrogenolysis of cystine to cysteine; hydration of acrylonitrile to acrylamide, and hydration of C = C double bond followed by dehydrogenation of the alcohol. (51 Refs.)

Palladium Compounds with Some Azocompounds and Their Catalytic Properties

l. a. safronova, a. d. shebaldova and m. l. khidekel’, Zh. Obshch. Khim., 1984, 54, (2), 285–288

Studies were made of the reaction of K2PdCl4 with azocompounds in hydro-alcoholic media and Pd : azocompound molar ratio of 1 : 1 using orthosubstituted azocompounds of 4-(2-pyridylazo)rezorcyl, 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol and 1-(2-naphtholazo)-4-sulphobenzene. The Pd(II) complexes yielded by the reaction were highly stable and catalytically active during hydrogenation of nitrobenzene under mild conditions.

Synthesis of Aryltrimethyltins by the Reaction of Me3SnSnMe3 with ArI Catalysed by “Ligandless” Palladium

n. a. bumagin, i. g. bumagina and i. p. beletskaya, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, 1984, 274, (5), 1103–1106

The dependence of the nature of various solvents on the final product yield made during the reaction of Me6Sn2 with 2,4-dinitrobenzene in the presence of 1 mole % of (π -C3H5PdCl)2 at 25°C showed a strong dependence on the solvent. The solvent depended on its donor ability behaviour as ligand, and stabilised Pd intermediates ArPdL2 and ArPdSnMe3L2. The increase of the donor properties increased reactive ability of Me6Sn2 and also affected its rate of disproportionation.

Homogeneous Asymmetric Catalysis by Means of Chiral Rhodium Complexes

i. ojima, Pure Appl. Chem., 1984, 56, (1), 99–110

Synthetic and mechanistic aspects of homogeneous asymmetric hydrogenation and hydrosilylation catalysed by Rh complexes with chiral phosphine ligands are described. A sample of the reactions discussed include: asymmetric reduction of α, β -enones and keto esters via hydrosilylation, asymmetric reduction of α -keto esters and ketopantoyl lactone by hydrogenation, remarkable effects of H2 pressure on the stereoselectivity and efficiency of typical chiral diphosphine ligands. (45 Refs.)

Hydroformylation of Unsaturated Fatty Acids

e. h. pryde, J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 1984, 61, (2), 419–425

A review is given of hydroformylation of unsaturated fatty materials in the presence of Rh catalyst. With Rh, the reaction can be carried out at pressure as low as 200 psi, at double bond location in a poly-unsaturated fatty acid and in high yield and conversion. The reconstituted catalyst is more active than the original catalyst and can be recycled. (74 Refs.)

Chemistry of Continuous Rhodium Hydroformylation

a. e. oswald, d. e. hendriksen, c. s. hsu, e. j. mozeleski and j. c. reisch, Book of Abstracts, 187th ACS Natl. Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, Apr. 8–13, 1984, Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Abstract No. 106

Novel alkyldiphenylphosphine based Rh complex catalysts were found to increase thermal and operational stability over known commercial Rh complex systems based on triphenylphosphine, during continuous 1-olefin hydroformylation. In the product flash-off mode of the commercial process the low pressure operation, gaseous H2/CO and propylene or 1-butene reactants were continuously introduced into a well stirred homogeneous solution of catalyst complex plus excess phosphine ligand. However, the use of a large excess of alkyldiarylphosphine ligand with the novel Rh catalyst allowed a stable continuous operation at increased temperature (140°C).

Hydrogen Transfer Reactions Catalyzed by Neutral Rhodium(I) Schiff Base Complexes

r. sariego, i. carkovic, m. martinez and m. valderrama, Transition Met. Chem., 1984, 9, (3), 106–108

H2 transfer reactions from 2-propanol to acetophenone or cyclohexene are catalysed by neutral Rh(I) complexes of the type [Rh(COD)L] and [Rh2(COD)2L1] where L and L1 are Schiff base ligands and COD = cycloocta-1,5-diene. A dependency of the catalytic activity on the electronic and steric properties of the ligands was found.

Hydroformylation of Cyclohexene Catalysed by Homogeneous Bimetallic Systems

m. hidai, a. fukuoka, y. koyasu and y. uchida, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1984, (8), 516–517

Homogeneous bimetallic systems, such as Co2(CO)8-Ru3(CO)12 and [Et4N][FeCo3(CO)12] show high catalytic activity for the hydroformylation of cyclohexene compared with Co2(CO)8 alone. As more Ru3(CO)12 was added to Co2(CO)8 the initial rate for the conversion of cyclohexene to cyclohexanecarbaldehyde increased until at a Ru : Co ratio of 9.9 : 1 it approached 100% and the initial rate was 27 times faster than with Co2(CO)8.

Homogeneous Hydrogenation of α, β- Unsaturated Aldehydes Catalyzed by Ruthenium and Osmium Complexes

b. a. sanchez-delgado, a. andriollo and n. valencia, J. Mol. Catal., 1984, 24, (2), 217–220

The Ru and Os hydridophosphine and carboxylatophosphine complexes were found to be effective catalysts for the homogeneous hydrogenation of α, β -unsaturated aldehydes. The activity and selectivity of the reaction may be controlled by suitable choice of reaction conditions and by small variations in the catalyst structure. High selectivity C = C bond reduction is achieved with Ru complexes, while for the more difficult selective reduction of the C = C bond, the use of Os complexes is more suitable.

Ruthenium Complexes of 1,3-Bis (2-pyridylimino)isoindolines as Alcohol Oxidation Catalysts

r. r. gagné and d. n. marks, Inorg. Chem., 1984, 23, (1), 65–74

The complex (1,3-bis(4-methyl-2-pyridylimino) isoindoline) trichlororuthenium(III) catalyses the autoxidation and electrochemical oxidation of alcohols in basic alcoholic solutions. Primary and secondary alcohols are oxidised, with the principal products being aldehydes and ketones. The best results were obtained with Na ethoxide as base. Turnover numbers of 10–30 per day were observed in 1 atm O2 at ambient temperatures. But >200 turnovers were observed in the oxidation of ethanol at ambient temperature with no loss of catalytic activity.


Electrocatalytic Oxidation of CO in a CO/O2 Fuel Cell

j. wu and c. p. kubiak, Book of Abstracts, 187 ACS Natl. Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, Apr. 8–13, 1984, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Abstract No. 131

A laboratory scale fuel cell was constructed with 2mM [Rh1(CO)2Br2] as anodic electrocatalyst which oxidised CO to CO2 at glassy C electrodes with a turnover of 15.1, and produced 1.21 mmol CO2 and 262C of electric charge.


Ruthenium Tetroxide—A Reagent with the Potential for the Study of Oxygen Functionalities in Coal

n. mallya and r. a. zingaro, Fuel, 1984, 63, (3), 423–425

The oxidation of coals by RuO4 gives a variety of products. Among these are the esters formed by the oxidation of ether linkages. Infrared spectra were taken of the neat coals, their oxidation products and two ether soluble fractions. These initial observations justify further studies on the behaviour of RuO4 towards known organic substrates having typical coal (oxygen) functionalities.

Chemical Vapor Deposition of Ruthenium

m. e. gross, l. e. papa, m. l. green and k. j. schnoes, Extended Abstracts, 84–1, Spring Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 6–11, 1984, Abstract No. 101, 149–150

A low temperature organometallic chemical vapour deposition process for Ru is described. Three organometallic Ru compounds were tested as sources for chemical deposition of the metal on Si and SiO2 substrates at low temperature and pressure. The decomposition of Ru3(CO)12 in vacuum produced the most uniform metallic films. During runs at temperatures 250−450°C, the film thickness and grain sizes decreased. Resistivity values of the Ru films increased with increasing deposition temperature. Samples deposited at 250−300°C compare favourably with pure Ru. Ru from Ru3(CO)12 deposited on a device wafer at 300°C gave excellent conformal step coverage. This Ru was subsequently oxidised to RuO2.


A Hydrogen Sensitive Pd-MOS Structure Working over a Wide Pressure Range

h. m. dannetun, l.-g. petersson, d. söderberg and i. lundström, Appl. Surf. Sci., 1984, 17, (3), 259–264

A Pd-MOS structure, made of p-doped Si wafer, thermally oxidised to an oxide thickness ∼100nm, with Pd evaporated to a thickness of ∼100nm, has been developed. It is sensitive to H2 both in air at atmospheric pressures and in UHV. It is sensitive to H2 pressure from 5 × 10−11 to 2 Torr. It has applications in studying catalytic reactions involving H on metal surfaces, leak detection on underground telephone cables and water tubing, and monitoring H in breath for medical diagnosis. Under different experimental conditions the H pressure range could be extended by at least two orders of magnitude.