Nano-socketed nickel particles with enhanced coking resistance grown in situ by redox exsolution
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Metal particles supported on oxide surfaces promote many reactions and processes that underpin the global chemical industry and are key to emergent clean energy technologies. For catalytic applications metal particles are generally formed on an oxide support by physical or chemical deposition, or less commonly by exsolution from it. Although fundamentally different, both methods might be assumed to produce morphologically- and functionally- similar particles. Here we show that unlike Ni particles deposited on perovskite oxides, exsolved analogues are socketed into the parent perovskite, leading to enhanced stability and a significant decrease in the propensity for hydrocarbon coking, indicative of a stronger metal-oxide interface. Additionally, we reveal key surface effects and defect interactions critical for future design of exsolution-based perovskite materials for catalytic and other functionalities. This study provides a new dimension for tailoring particle-substrate interactions in the context of increasing interest for emergent interfacial phenomena.
Neagu , D , Oh , T-S , Miller , D N , Ménard , H , Bukhari , S M , Gamble , S R , Gorte , R J , Vohs , J M & Irvine , J T S 2015 , ' Nano-socketed nickel particles with enhanced coking resistance grown in situ by redox exsolution ' Nature Communications , vol 6 , 8120 . DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9120
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DN thanks the European Project METSAPP (FCH JU-GA 278257) for funding. We also thank NSF and EPSRC for Materials World Network funding ref EP/J018414/1.
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