Catalysis Letters, Vol.149, No.6, 1455-1463, 2019
On Apparent Activation Energy of Structure Sensitive Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions
The notion of apparent activation energy is discussed in relation to structure sensitivity of complex heterogeneous catalytic reactions comprising several steps. The cases of nonuniform surfaces (intrinsic and induced) are considered, showing that the apparent activation energy depends on the cluster size and surface coverage. The theoretical analysis of the apparent activation energy was also extended for the two step sequence with deactivating catalyst by poisoning or when coking occurs as a result of the reactant interactions with an intermediate. [GRAPHICS] .