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Reversible restructuring of supported Au nanoparticles during butadiene hydrogenation revealed by operando GISAXS/GIWAXS

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Periodically arranged, monodisperse gold nanoparticles supported on flat silicon substrates were studied for the hydrogenation of 1,3-butadiene under operando conditions using Grazing Incidence Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS/GIWAXS). It was found that the composition and shape of the nanoparticles depends very much on the chemical environment; the particles are shown to be dynamic, undergoing reversible size and shape change particularly during catalytic reaction, highlighting a dynamism often not observed in traditional studies. Specifically, the size of the Au nanoparticles increases during butadiene hydrogenation and this is attributed to the partial removal of a Au2O3 at the metal–oxide interface and consequential shape change of the nanoparticle from a more hemispherical particle to a particle with a larger height to width ratio.

Graphical abstract: Reversible restructuring of supported Au nanoparticles during butadiene hydrogenation revealed by operando GISAXS/GIWAXS

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The article was received on 14 Mar 2017, accepted on 13 Apr 2017 and first published on 24 Apr 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01887H
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 5159-5162
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    Reversible restructuring of supported Au nanoparticles during butadiene hydrogenation revealed by operando GISAXS/GIWAXS

    D. James Martin, D. Decarolis, Y. I. Odarchenko, J. J. Herbert, T. Arnold, J. Rawle, C. Nicklin, H. Boyen and A. M. Beale, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 5159
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01887H

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