The N2 adsorption occurring at temperatures around room temperature is a particularly surprising phenomenon given by the copper ion-exchanged MFI-type zeolite (CuMFI). However, the assignment of the active sites for N2 adsorption on CuMFI at room temperature is controversial: which ones act as the real active center, the dimeric or monomeric Cu+ sites? We have analyzed the real active site for N 2 adsorption by studying the adsorption of CO and N2, and also by spectroscopic methods, such as photoluminescence, X-ray absorption fine structure, and IR measurements. Clear evidence was observed for the adsorption of N2 molecules on the monomeric Cu+ ions exchanged in the MFI-type zeolite at temperatures around room temperature, which puts to an end the dispute regarding the dimeric state made up of the monovalent copper ions as being a potential adsorption site.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films