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Studying Fischer–Tropsch catalysts using transmission electron microscopy and model systems of nanoparticles on planar supports

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Abstract

Nanoparticle model systems on planar supports form a versatile platform for studying morphological and compositional changes of catalysts due to exposure to realistic reaction conditions. We review examples from our work on iron and cobalt catalysts, which can undergo significant rearrangement in the reactive environment of the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis. The use of specially designed, silicon based supports with thin film SiO2 enables the application of transmission electron microscopy, which has furnished important insight into e.g. the mechanisms of catalyst regeneration.

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The article was received on 19 Feb 2011, accepted on 24 Mar 2011 and first published on 06 May 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00056J
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 689-697

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    Studying Fischer–Tropsch catalysts using transmission electron microscopy and model systems of nanoparticles on planar supports

    P. C. Thüne, C. J. Weststrate, P. Moodley, A. M. Saib, J. van de Loosdrecht, J. T. Miller and J. W. Niemantsverdriet, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 689
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00056J

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