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Reaction of Ethane with a Clean Rhodium Film

Naturevolume 191page170 (1961) | Download Citation

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I HAVE observed that when ethane at low pressure (1.2 × 10−2 torr) comes in contact with a 27° C. rhodium film which was prepared in ultra-high vacuum (1 × 10−9 torr), it will decompose to yield gaseous methane and an adsorbed residue with a composition of CH1.5. Others1,2 have observed this cracking reaction to occur at temperatures above 160° C. on metal surfaces of unknown cleanliness.

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    • RICHARD W. ROBERTS

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