Footprints on Copper
I rush through empty space,
as methyl propels my flight,
another carbon lends me grace,
and hydroxy guides my sight.
I seek help to change form,
for time is precious and I can’t bide,
the copper hills are where I transform
into hydrogen and acetaldehyde.
My bonds vibrate out of control
as I come upon a red jagged plate,
my search has reached its goal:
it's time to dehydrogenate.
I tumble straight into a pore,
which perhaps was not so wise,
for alumina dusts the copper floor:
"Oh no - will the reaction catalyze?”
But my bonds break all the same,
my quest completed - it is no stint,
for alumina saved the copper frame,
and I left nothing but a footprint.
Scanning electron microscopy images of alumina-coated nanoporous copper before and after ethanol exposure show minimal sintering of the catalyst, unlike uncoated nanoporous copper which sinters extensively after ethanol exposure. Ethanol dehydrogenation reaction is also shown forming acetaldehyde and hydrogen.
EFRC: Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC)