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Title: Surfactant-assisted stabilization of Au colloids on solids for heterogeneous catalysis

Here, the stabilization of surfactant-assisted synthesized colloidal noble metal nanoparticles (NPs, e.g., Au NPs) on solids is a promising strategy for preparing supported nanocatalysts for heterogeneous catalysis because of their uniform particle sizes, controllable shapes, and tunable compositions. However, the removal of surfactants to obtain clean surfaces for catalysis through traditional approaches (e.g., solvent extraction and thermal decomposition) can easily induce the sintering of NPs, greatly hampering their use in synthesis of novel catalysts. Herein, we demonstrate that such unwanted surfactants can be utilized to stabilize NPs on solids via a simple yet efficient thermal annealing strategy. After being annealed in N 2 flow, the surface-bound surfactants are in situ carbonized as sacrificial architectures that form a conformal coating on NPs and assist in creating an enhanced metal-support interaction between NPs and substrate, thus slowing down the Ostwald ripening process during post-oxidative calcination to remove surface covers.
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  1. East China Univ. of Science and Technology, Shanghai (People's Republic of China)
  2. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  4. (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Angewandte Chemie (International Edition)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Angewandte Chemie (International Edition); Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 1433-7851
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; colloids; surface-bound surfactant; thermal annealing; Au; nanocatalyst; heterogeneous catalysis
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