The adsorption and desorption of hydrogen on Ir/SiO<sub>2</sub> catalyst were studied by using in situ diffuse reflection infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) combined with curve-fitting analysis. The results indicate that there are three different surface species formed on the catalyst that correspond to the peaks at 1950, 2010, and 2035 cm<sup>−1</sup>, respectively, when exposed in H<sub>2</sub> flow at 130 °C. These surface species display different adsorption and desorption trends. Surface hydride forms after the catalyst is cooled to 80 °C and it disappears after the catalyst is heated to 130 °C again. This study may help us understand the interaction between hydrogen and noble metals and thus give more insights to heterogeneous catalytic mechanism involving hydrogen and hydrogen storage using metal materials.
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