Theory of the kinetics of chemical potentials in heterogeneous catalysis

Jun Cheng, P. Hu

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Simple and powerful: The reaction kinetics at surfaces of heterogeneous catalysts is reformulated in terms of the involved chemical potentials. Based on this formulism, an approach of searching for good catalysts is proposed without recourse to extensive calculations of reaction barriers and detailed kinetic analyses. (see picture; R=reactant, I=surface intermediate, P=product, and equation image=standard chemical potential).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7650-7654
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number33
Early online date29 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2011


  • catalysts
  • chemical potentials
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • reaction kinetics


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