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A combined theoretical and experimental EXAFS study of the structure and dynamics of Au147 nanoparticles

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Abstract

In this study, we present a framework for characterizing the structural and thermal properties of small nanoparticle catalysts by combining precise synthesis, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate the capability of this approach by characterizing the atomic structure and vibrational dynamics of Au147. With the combination of EXAFS spectroscopy and DFT, the synthesized Au147 nanoparticles are determined to have an icosahedral structure. A decrease in the Einstein temperature of the Au147 particles compared to their bulk value was observed and interpreted in terms of softer vibration modes of surface bonds.

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The article was received on 13 Mar 2016, accepted on 25 May 2016 and first published on 26 May 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00559D
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 6879-6885
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    A combined theoretical and experimental EXAFS study of the structure and dynamics of Au147 nanoparticles

    Z. Duan, Y. Li, J. Timoshenko, S. T. Chill, R. M. Anderson, D. F. Yancey, A. I. Frenkel, R. M. Crooks and G. Henkelman, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 6879
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00559D

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