Atomic origins of the high catalytic activity of nanoporous gold

Takeshi Fujita, Pengfei Guan, Keith McKenna, Xingyou Lang, Akihiko Hirata, Ling Zhang, Tomoharu Tokunaga, Shigeo Arai, Yuta Yamamoto, Nobuo Tanaka, Yoshifumi Ishikawa, Naoki Asao, Yoshinori Yamamoto, Jonah Erlebacher, Mingwei Chen

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Distinct from inert bulk gold, nanoparticulate gold has been found to possess remarkable catalytic activity towards oxidation reactions. The catalytic performance of nanoparticulate gold strongly depends on size and support, and catalytic activity usually cannot be observed at characteristic sizes larger than 5ĝ‰nm. Interestingly, significant catalytic activity can be retained in dealloyed nanoporous gold (NPG) even when its feature lengths are larger than 30-nm. Here we report atomic insights of the NPG catalysis, characterized by spherical-aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and environmental TEM. A high density of atomic steps and kinks is observed on the curved surfaces of NPG, comparable to 3-5nm nanoparticles, which are stabilized by hyperboloid-like gold ligaments. In situ TEM observations provide compelling evidence that the surface defects are active sites for the catalytic oxidation of CO and residual Ag stabilizes the atomic steps by suppressing {111} faceting kinetics.

元の言語English
ページ(範囲)775-780
ページ数6
ジャーナルNature Materials
11
発行部数9
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2012 1 1
外部発表Yes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Fujita, T., Guan, P., McKenna, K., Lang, X., Hirata, A., Zhang, L., Tokunaga, T., Arai, S., Yamamoto, Y., Tanaka, N., Ishikawa, Y., Asao, N., Yamamoto, Y., Erlebacher, J., & Chen, M. (2012). Atomic origins of the high catalytic activity of nanoporous gold. Nature Materials, 11(9), 775-780. https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3391