Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Michael D Amiridis


Magnesia-supported trimetallic Pt-Ru-Sn catalysts prepared through a cluster and a conventional synthetic route have been investigated in terms of their structural properties and their catalytic activity for the hydrogenation of citral and crotonaldehyde. FTIR results indicate that the majority of the stabilizing ligands remain attached to the PtRu5(μ-SnPh2)(C)(CO)15 cluster used following impregnation onto the MgO support. Under H2 reduction conditions, partial and full ligand removal are both observed at 473 and 573 K, respectively. HRSTEM analysis shows that cluster-derived samples exhibit significantly smaller average metal particle sizes, as well as narrower particle size distributions than the corresponding conventionally prepared ones. EDX measurements show that in the cluster-derived catalysts, the majority of the metal particles present are trimetallic in nature, with metal compositions similar to those of the original cluster. In contrast, the conventionally prepared materials contain mostly bimetallic and monometallic particles with variable compositions. XPS was used to determine how the variation in method of Sn addition to bimetallic Pt-Ru affects the electronic state for the trimetallic Pt-Ru-Sn/MgO system prepared by impregnation using multimetallic clusters, metal-salts, and the combination of both precursor types. Results show that the PtRu5Sn/MgO material has a significantly higher percentage of Sn0 in comparison to Pt-Ru-Sn/MgO and PtRu5-Sn/MgO, and a corresponding shift in both Pt and Ru peaks can be correlated to this relative change in Sn oxidation state. The formation of smaller metal particles and