Dr. Jerry LaRue
Catalysts are important in manufacturing processes, as they make them more efficient and useful. To develop better catalysts, we need to know how they work by studying how methanol breaks down on platinum. TPD and TD-SFG spectroscopy are used to study by providing the vibrational spectra of methanol on the platinum surface as temperature changes.
Loi, Quy; Jimenez, Kevin Alvorado; Lelea, Sarah; Villegas, Lauren; and LaRue, Jerry, "Studying Competing Reaction Pathways in Methanol Decomposition on Platinum Catalysts Under Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) Conditions Using TPD and SFG Spectroscopy" (2023). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 579.