Osmium(cyclooctadiene)(cyclooctatetraene) is used as a molecular precursor to prepare small and narrowly distributed silica supported nanoparticles upon a mild treatment under H2 (1.1 ± 0.3 nm, ca. 90 atoms). Static volumetric chemisorption combined with HAADF-STEM shows that Os nanoparticles adsorb 1.7 ± 0.1 H and 1.4 ± 0.1 CO per surface atom. These particles present high activity in the hydrogenolysis of alkanesvia a dimetallacyclopentane mechanism.
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