A bidentate formate species adsorbed on a zinc site was a common intermediate in the water-gas shift and methanol synthesis reactions on Cu/ZnO catalysts. Adsorbed formaldehyde and methoxy species were identified as additional intermediates in the reaction pathway for methanol synthesis. An adsorbed carbonyl species on a reduced copper site was an activating agent for the reduction of formate groups to formaldehyde and methoxy species at 200°C.
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