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CO oxidation over supported gold nanoparticles as revealed by operando grazing incidence X-ray scattering analysis

DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00007G DOI Help

Authors: Yaroslav Odarchenko (University College London; Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH)) , David J. Martin (University College London) , Thomas Arnold (Diamond Light Source; European Spallation Source ERIC) , Andrew M. Beale (University College London; Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH))
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Faraday Discussions

State: Published (Approved)
Published: April 2018
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 10488 , 12780

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Abstract: The mechanism of carbon monoxide oxidation over gold was explored using a model planar catalyst consisting of monodisperse gold nanoparticles periodically arranged on a single crystal SiO2/Si(111) substrates using a combination of Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GISAXS/GIXD) under reaction conditions. It is shown that nanoparticle composition, size and shape change when the catalyst is exposed to reactive gases. During CO oxidation, the particle’s submergence depth with respect to the surface decreases due to the removal of gold oxide at the metal-support edge, meanwhile the particle ‘flattens’ to maximise the number of the reaction sites along its perimeter. The effect of the CO concentration on the catalyst structure is also discussed. Our results support the dual catalytic sites mechanism whereby CO is activated on the gold surface whereas molecular oxygen is dissociating at the gold-support interface.

Journal Keywords: supported gold nanoparticles; CO oxidation; grazing-incidence X-ray scattering; operando

Subject Areas: Chemistry


Instruments: I07-Surface & interface diffraction

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