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Title: Active Gold-Ceria and Gold-Ceria/titania Catalysts for CO Oxidation. From Single-Crystal Model Catalysts to Powder Catalysts

We studied CO oxidation on model and powder catalysts of Au-CeO 2 and Au-CeO x/TiO 2. Phenomena observed in Au-CeO 2(1 1 1) and Au-CeO 2/TiO 2(1 1 0) provided useful concepts for designing and preparing highly active and stable Au-CeO x/TiO 2 powder catalysts for CO oxidation. Small particles of Au dispersed on CeO 2(1 1 1) displayed high catalytic activity, making Au-CeO 2(1 1 1) a better CO oxidation catalyst than Au-TiO 2(1 1 0) or Au-MgO(1 0 0). An excellent support for gold was found after depositing nanoparticles of ceria on TiO 2(1 1 0). The CeO x nanoparticles act as nucleation centers for gold, improving dispersion of the supported metal and helping in the creation of reaction sites efficient for the adsorption of CO and the dissociation of the O 2 molecule. High-surface area catalysts were prepared by depositing gold on ceria nanorods and CeO x/TiO 2 powders. The samples were tested for the low-temperature (10–70 °C) oxygen-rich (1%CO/4%O 2/He) CO oxidation reaction after pre-oxidation (20%O 2/He, 300 °C) and pre-reduction (5%H 2/He, 300 °C) treatments. Moreover, synchrotron-based operando X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopy were used to study the Au-CeO 2 and Au-CeOx/TiOmore » 2 catalysts under reaction conditions. Our operando findings indicate that the most active phase of these catalysts for low-temperature CO oxidation consist of small particles of metallic Au dispersed on CeO 2 or CeO x/TiO 2.« less
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Central Univ. of Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0920-5861
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Journal Name: Catalysis Today; Journal Volume: 240
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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States