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 . 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.
|Journal||Synchrotron Radiation News|
|State||Published - 2009|