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Title: Thiolate ligands as a double-edged sword for CO oxidation on CeO2-supported Au25(SR)18 nanoclusters

The effect of thiolate ligands was explored on the catalysis of CeO2-rod supported Au25(SR)18 (SR = -SCH2-CH2-Ph) by using CO oxidation as a probe reaction. Reaction kinetic tests, in situ IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT) were employed to understand how the thiolate ligands affect the nature of active sites, activation of CO and O2, as well as the reaction mechanism and kinetics. The intact Au25(SR)18 on CeO2-rod is found not able to adsorb CO. Only when the thiolate ligands are partially removed, starting from the interface between Au25(SR)18 and CeO2 at temperatures of 423 K and above, can the adsorption of CO be observed by IR. DFT calculations suggest that CO adsorbs favorably on the exposed gold atoms. Accordingly, the CO oxidation light-off temperature shifts to lower temperature. Several types of Au sites are probed by IR of CO adsorption during the ligand removal process. The cationic Au sites (charged between 0 and +1) are found to play the major role for low temperature CO oxidation. Similar activation energy and reaction rate are found for CO oxidation on differently treated Au25(SR)18/CeO2-rod, suggesting a simple site-blocking effect of the thiolate ligands in Au nanoclusters catalysis. Isotopicmore » labelling experiments clearly indicate that CO oxidation on Au25(SR)18/CeO2-rod proceeds predominantly via the redox mechanism where CeO2 activates O2 while CO is activated on the de-thiolated gold sites. These results points to a double-edged sword role played by the thiolate ligands on Au25 nanoclusters for CO oxidation.« less
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  1. ORNL
  2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  3. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  4. {Steve} H [ORNL
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of the American Chemical Society; Journal Volume: 136; Journal Issue: 16
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States