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

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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
StatePublished - 2009


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