Understanding CO adsorption and oxidation on silica-supported Au, Pt, and alloyed nanoparticle catalysts

Derrick Michael Mott, David Jacobs, Jeffrey Galkowski, Jin Luo, Chuan Jian Zhong

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The understanding of the surface properties versus bulk properties of supported metal and alloy nanoparticle catalysts is essential for exploiting their unique properties for applications in hydrogen storage, fuel cells and sensors. This poster shows the recent findings of an investigation of CO adsorption and oxidation on SiO2-supported Au, Pt and AuPt nanoparticles with controlled sizes (2-5 nm) and alloy compositions, which were prepared by molecular encapsulation and thermal treatment. CO adsorption was characterized using an FTIR technique, whereas CO oxidation was monitored using a fixed bed setup with gas chromatographic detection. The surface and bulk properties of the nanoparticles were also studied using XRD, TEM, and electrochemical techniques. The results revealed some initial insights into the understanding of the relationship between the catalytic activity and the surface characteristics of the metal and alloy nanoparticles. Implications of the findings to the design of nanostructured catalysts are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication234th ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 31
Externally publishedYes
Event234th ACS National Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2007 Aug 192007 Aug 23

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other234th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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