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Mapping the shape and phase of palladium nanocatalysts

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Understanding the size, shape and morphological transformations that may occur under different temperature conditions is vital to ensuring the long term stability of metal nanoparticle catalysts. This information can be conveniently captured in a nanoscale phase diagram, that maps the thermally stable structure as a function of size. This paper presents results of theoretical modeling, based on first principle computer simulations, exploring the equilibrium and non-equilibrium morphologies of palladium nanoparticles over the entire nanoscale. A total of 18 different ideal and imperfect structures and shapes are considered and compared, to reveal a delicate balance between the sphericity, the degree of twinning, and the surface anisotropy. The phase diagram is then discussed in relation to the experiments reported in the literature.

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The article was received on 12 Jan 2012, accepted on 19 Apr 2012 and first published on 24 Apr 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20017A
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 1485-1492
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    Mapping the shape and phase of palladium nanocatalysts

    A. S. Barnard, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 1485
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20017A

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