Date of Award

Summer 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemistry & Biochemistry



Committee Director

Kenneth G. Brown

Committee Member

Robert L. Ake

Committee Member

Donald M. Oglesby

Committee Member

Billy T. Upchurch

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C45D83


Platinum-coated tin(IV) oxide catalysts have been developed for the recombination of carbon monoxide and oxygen at 55°C and 1 atmosphere of pressure in closed-cycle carbon dioxide lasers. A diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectroscopic (DRIFTS) study of four of these catalysts during 5% carbon monoxide pretreatment at temperatures of 30°C, 100°c, 125°c, and 150°C has been performed. Evidence for the development of surface carbonate, bicarbonate, and formate species during pretreatment has been found. Dehydroxylation of the surface and loss of a partially charged hydrogen-bonded hydroxyl species have also been found to result from elevated temperature pretreatment. The four catalysts have also been investigated during exposure to a 2:1 stoichiometric mixture of carbon monoxide and oxygen at 55°C. Slow surface rehydroxylation has been detected over the course of this exposure.


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