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Title: Imaging the atomic surface structures of CeO2 nanoparticles

Atomic surface structures of CeO2 nanoparticles are under debate owing to the lack of clear experimental determination of the positions of the surface oxygen atoms. Particularly controversial is the (100) surface structure of this material. In this study, with oxygen atoms clearly observed using aberration corrected high resolution electron microscopy, we determined the atomic structures of the (100), (110) and (111) surfaces of CeO2 nanocubes. The predominantly exposed (100) surface has a mixture of Ce, O, and reduced CeO terminations, underscoring the complex structures of this polar surface that previously was often oversimplified. The (110) surface shows saw-like (111) nanofacets and flat CeO2-x terminations with oxygen vacancies. The (111) surface has an O termination. As these three low index surfaces are the most often exposed facets in the majority of CeO2 nanoparticles, these findings can be extended to the surfaces of differently shaped CeO2 nanoparticles as well as provide insight about face-selective catalysis.
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  1. Northwestern University, Evanston
  2. ORNL
  3. Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Nano Letters; Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 1
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States