A microreactor array for spatially resolved measurement of catalytic activity for high-throughput catalysis science

Kondratyuk P., Gumuslu G., Shukla S., MILLER J. B., MORREALE B. D., GELLMAN A. J.

JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, vol.300, pp.55-62, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 300
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jcat.2012.12.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.55-62
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


We describe a 100-channel microreactor array capable of spatially resolved measurement of catalytic activity across the surface of a flat substrate. When used in conjunction with a composition spread alloy film (CSAF, e.g., PdxCuyAu1-x-y) across which component concentrations vary smoothly, such measurements permit high-throughput analysis of catalytic activity and selectivity as a function of catalyst composition. In the reported implementation, the system achieves spatial resolution of 1 mm(2) over a 10 x 10 mm(2) area. During operation, the reactant gases are delivered at constant flow rate to 100 points of differing composition on the CSAF surface by means of a 100-channel microfluidic device. After coming into contact with the CSAF catalyst surface, the product gas mixture from each of the 100 points is withdrawn separately through a set of 100 isolated channels for analysis using a mass spectrometer. We demonstrate the operation of the device on a PdxCuyAu1-x-y CSAF catalyzing the H-2-D-2 exchange reaction at 333 K. In essentially a single experiment, we measured the catalytic activity over a broad swathe of concentrations from the ternary composition space of the PdxCuyAu1-x-y alloy. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.