Quantitative determination of surface species and adsorption sites using Infrared spectroscopy

Alan J. McCue, Greg A. Mutch, Andrew I. McNab, Steven Campbell, James A. Anderson*

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An overview of the application of FTIR to the quantification of adsorption sites on solid acids, metal particles and to hydrocarbon chains formed during Fischer Tropsch synthesis is reported. The procedures employed in obtaining molar absorption coefficients for transmittance FTIR are described along with a review of pertinent data reported for the three topic areas covered. The limitations and challenges in each case are outlined. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1
Early online date28 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

We wish to thank organisations who have supported research related to work reported here including Royal Society (London), EPSRC, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, SABIC and Johnson Matthey, and to inspirational discussions over a number of years with colleagues working in this area including C.H. Rochester, F. Solymosi, F. Meunier, G. Cerrato and C. Morterra and to research students, D. Rosenberg, E. Mitchell and T. Heinz who contributed to experimental design and protocol.


  • In-situ FT-IR
  • quantification
  • surface species
  • mechanistic/kinetic
  • Fischer Tropsch
  • reflectance FTIR spectroscopy
  • sulfated zirconia catalysis
  • in-situ
  • extinction coefficients
  • IR spectroscopy
  • oxide catalysts
  • carbon-monoxide
  • acid catalysts
  • active-sites
  • NOX storage


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