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In 1896 Van’t Hoff demonstrated that the rate of a catalytic reaction depended upon the amount of catalyst. Soon after Ostwald defined a catalyst to be a substance that changes the velocity of a reaction without itself being altered in the process. A catalyst, however, must operate within the thermodynamic limits of the reacting system[3] . The reaction conditions for a specific system are defined by the overall thermodynamics of the reaction. The catalyst facilitates the adsorption of the reactants and their subsequent conversion into products.

The formation of C–C bonds is expected to be almost independent of the metal (α ≈ 0). CO dissociation has the lowest barrier on the metal with highest reactivity (α ≈ 1). Metals such as Fe, Co, and Ru are preferred for the Fischer–Tropsch reaction. For ethylene hydrogenation the site requirement varies as a function of coverage. At low coverage ethylene adsorbs to two surface-metal atoms and at high coverage it reacts from a position where it is only bound to a single metal atom. To apply the BEP relation, one has to be careful to select properly the elementary reaction step to which one wishes the relation to apply.

A comparison of rates of CO hydrogenation to methane over a single crystal and over supported catalysts, showing similar activation energies. D. W. Goodman[22] . For this particular reaction, the comparison of activation energies shows very similar results for the two systems. The agreement between the activation energies suggests that the practical catalysts and the single crystal catalytic surfaces have similar sites that 40 Chapter 2 determine their catalytic kinetics. Various general explanations may be possible that help to explain this comparison of the rates between the two different surfaces.

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