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Title: Relating structure and composition with accessibility of a single catalyst particle using correlative 3-dimensional micro-spectroscopy

To understand how hierarchically structured functional materials operate, analytical tools are needed that can reveal small structural and chemical details in large sample volumes. Often, a single method alone is not sufficient to get a complete picture of processes happening at multiple length scales. Here we present a correlative approach combining three-dimensional X-ray imaging techniques at different length scales for the analysis of metal poisoning of an individual catalyst particle. The correlative nature of the data allowed establishing a macro-pore network model that interprets metal accumulations as a resistance to mass transport and can, by tuning the effect of metal deposition, simulate the response of the network to a virtual ageing of the catalyst particle. In conclusion, the developed approach is generally applicable and provides an unprecedented view on dynamic changes in a material’s pore space, which is an essential factor in the rational design of functional porous materials.
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  1. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  2. Utrecht Univ., Utrecht (The Netherlands)
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Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States