First-Principles Calculation, Synthesis, and Catalytic Properties of Rh-Cu Alloy Nanoparticles

Tokutaro Komatsu, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Kohei Kusada, Yoshiki Kubota, Masaki Takata, Tomokazu Yamamoto, Syo Matsumura, Katsutoshi Sato, Katsutoshi Nagaoka, Hiroshi Kitagawa

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The first synthesis of pure Rh1−xCux solid-solution nanoparticles is reported. In contrast to the bulk state, the solid-solution phase was stable up to 750 °C. Based on facile density-functional calculations, we made a prediction that the catalytic activity of Rh1−xCux can be maintained even with 50 at % replacement of Rh with Cu. The prediction was confirmed for the catalytic activities on CO and NOx conversions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • copper
  • density-functional calculations
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • nanoparticles
  • rhodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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