Oxygen-diffusion-driven oxidation behavior and tracking areas visualized by X-ray spectro-ptychography with unsupervised learning

Makoto Hirose, Nozomu Ishiguro, Kei Shimomura, Duong Nguyen Nguyen, Hirosuke Matsui, Hieu Chi Dam, Mizuki Tada, Yukio Takahashi

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Abstract

Oxygen storage and release with oxygen diffusion in the bulk of the cerium–zirconium solid solution oxide Ce2Zr2Ox (x = 7–8), which possesses an atomically ordered arrangement of cerium and zirconium atoms, is the key to three-way exhaust catalysis. Oxygen storage proceeds via heterogeneous oxygen diffusion into the vacant sites of Ce2Zr2O7 particles, but the heterogeneous oxygen diffusion track is erased after oxygen storage in the Ce2Zr2Ox bulk. Here we show three-dimensional hard X-ray spectro-ptychography to clearly visualize the three-dimensional cerium valence map in Ce2Zr2Ox particles, and unsupervised learning reveals the concealed oxygen-diffusion-driven three-dimensional nanoscale cerium oxidation behavior and tracking areas inside individual mixed-oxide particles during the oxygen storage process. The described approach may permit the nanoscale chemical imaging of reaction tracking areas in solid materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalCommunications Chemistry
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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