Electronic structure of leached Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals used as catalysts

E. Belin-Ferré, M. F. Fontaine, J. Thirion, S. Kameoka, A. P. Tsai, J. M. Dubois

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We used X-ray emission spectroscopy to investigate the electronic structure of various catalysts obtained by leaching a quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe compound in 5% Na 2 CO 3 aqueous solution. The study of Al states confirmed that Al is almost totally oxidized in the catalysts. Fe is not as much oxidized probably because it is embedded in Cu-Al 2 O 3 grains. Cu is only partly oxidized. However, it is not excluded that the catalytic activity could be due to a size effect that prevents the formation of a band as in metallic Cu, and gives to the electronic structure an atomic-like character. New measurements should be done from fresh specimens in order avoid further oxidation interference with the Cu spectral distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-692
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number3-5
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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