3D Structure of Nanosized Catalysts by High-energy X-ray Diffraction

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Abstract

Currently, catalysis research is focusing on nanosized catalysts since they often show an improved activity. It is believed that the improvement is due to their greatly increased surface to volume ratio [1–3]. Evidence is mounting, however, that nanosized catalysts exhibit a good deal of structural diversity and this too may affect their activity substantially [4]. Clearly, future progress in catalysis research depends critically on the ability to obtain precise knowledge about the atomic-scale structure of nanosized catalysts. Here we show how high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) can accomplish this task with success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-33
JournalSynchrotron Radiation News
Volume22
StatePublished - 2009

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