Microkinetic models of methane steam reforming (MSR) over bare platinum and rhodium (111) surfaces are analyzed in present work using calculated rate constants. The individual rate constants are classified into three different sets: (i) rate constants of adsorption and desorption steps of CH4, H2O, CO and of H2; (ii) rate constants of dissociation and formation of A–H bonds (A = C, O, and H), and (iii) rate constants of dissociation and formation of C–O bond. The rate constants of sets (i) and (iii) are calculated using transition state theory and published thermochemical data. The rate constants of H-dissociation reactions (set (ii)) are calculated in terms of a previously-developed approach that accounts for thermal metal lattice vibrations and for H tunneling through a potential barrier of height which depends on distance of AH from a surface. Pre-exponential factors of several group (ii) steps were calculated to be usually lower than the traditional kBT/h due to tunneling effect. Surface composition and overall MSR rates over platinum and rhodium surfaces are compared with those over nickel surface showing that operating conditions strongly affect on the activity order of the catalysts.
- Microkinetic modeling
- Steam reforming