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Size dependence of the lattice parameters of carbon supported platinum nanoparticles: X-ray diffraction analysis and theoretical considerations

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Abstract

Carbon supported Pt nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 2 to 28 nm have been studied using X-ray diffraction. The unit cell parameter of synthesized Pt/C nanoparticles is always lower than that of bulk Pt. By decreasing the average particle size D to approximately 2 nm, the unit cell parameter a nonlinearly decreases by about 0.03 Å which corresponds to a variation of 0.7% in comparison to bulk Pt, and the size effect is predominant for sizes ranging from 2 to 10 nm. The dependence a(1/D) is approximated well using a straight line with a slope of −0.0555 ± 0.0067 nm−1 and an intercept of −3.9230 ± 0.0017 Å. For interpreting the obtained experimental dependence of the unit cell parameter of Pt/C nanoparticles, four different theoretical approaches such as the thermal vacancy mechanism, continuous-medium model, Laplace pressure, and bond order–length–strength correlation mechanism, were used. Comparison of the calculated dependencies, based on the above models, with the experimental ones, shows that the continuous-medium model agrees best with the experimentally found unit cell parameter dependence of our carbon supported Pt nanoparticles.

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The article was received on 25 May 2014, accepted on 22 Jul 2014 and first published on 19 Aug 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA04809A
Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 35959-35965
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    Size dependence of the lattice parameters of carbon supported platinum nanoparticles: X-ray diffraction analysis and theoretical considerations

    I. N. Leontyev, A. B. Kuriganova, N. G. Leontyev, L. Hennet, A. Rakhmatullin, N. V. Smirnova and V. Dmitriev, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 35959
    DOI: 10.1039/C4RA04809A

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