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Title: Temperature-dependent local structural properties of redox Pt nanoparticles on TiO 2 and ZrO 2 supports

This paper examined the local structural properties of Pt nanoparticles on SiO 2, TiO 2–SiO 2, and ZrO 2–SiO 2 supports to better understand the impact of oxide-support type on the performance of Pt-based catalysts. In situ X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements were taken for the Pt L3-edge in a temperature range from 300 to 700 K in He, H 2, and O 2 gas environments. The XAFS measurements demonstrated that Pt atoms were highly dispersed on TiO 2–SiO 2 and ZrO 2–SiO 2 forming pancake-shaped nanoparticles, whereas Pt atoms formed larger particles of hemispherical shapes on SiO 2 supports. Contrary to the SiO 2 case, the coordination numbers for Pt, Ti, and Zr around Pt atoms on the TiO 2–SiO 2 and ZrO 2–SiO 2 supports were nearly constant from 300 to 700 K under the different gas environments. These results are consistent with the improvements in thermal stability of Pt nanoparticles achieved by incorporating TiO 2 or ZrO 2 on the surface of SiO 2 supports. XAFS analysis further indicated that the enhanced dispersion and stability of Pt were a consequence of the strong metal support interaction via Pt–Ti and Pt–Zr bonds.
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  1. Chonbuk National Univ., Jeonju (Korea)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Catalysis Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 145; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1011-372X
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center (FEERC); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; metal support interaction; oxidation catalysts; EXAFS, XANES; Pt catalysts; SiO2, TiO2