Adhesion of Pt Nanoparticles Supported on γ-Al2O3 Single Crystal

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Zhongfan , Z., L. Li and J.C. Yang, “Adhesion of Pt Nanoparticles Supported on γ-Al2O3 Single Crystal”,  The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Vol.  117(41), pp. 21407-21412, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/jp407798b

Year: 2013

A model catalyst system of Pt nanoparticles (2–5 nm) dispersed on γ-Al2O3 (111) was prepared to study the support effects on nanoparticles shape and structure by cross-sectional high-resolution electron microscopy. A dewetting equilibrium shape of Pt nanoparticles was observed with a low-index plane orientation relation: Pt(111)[211]∥γ-Al2O3(111)[211] and Pt(100)[011]∥γ-Al2O3(111)[211]. Lattice-matching epitaxy of Pt(110)∥γ-Al2O3(110) was found across their interface to maintain a minimum interface strain during particle growth. To quantitatively interpret the interfacial energy and adhesion energy of the nanoparticles, the Wulff–Kaischew theorem was applied by taking into account the γ-Al2O3 support modifications to the equilibrium shape of nanoparticles. The present approach quantitatively solved the adhesion energy of the particle/support and could help to interpret nanoparticles equilibrium shape and stability.


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