CO Oxidation at SnO2/Pt3Sn(111) Interfaces
Journal article, 2018

Segregation induced formation of oxide/metal interfaces can significantly influence the catalytic activity of alloy nanoparticles. One example is Pt3Sn nanoparticles, which are known to segregate into SnOXand an Sn deficient alloy phase during typical operating conditions for CO oxidation. Here, we use density functional theory calculations to investigate CO oxidation over Pt3Sn(111) supported SnO2and (SnO2)3, representing the initial state of segregation. The results are compared to CO oxidation at an interface between bulk-like SnO2and Pt3Sn(111). The barrier for CO oxidation via a Mars–van Krevelen mechanism is found to be lower on SnO2and (SnO2)3as compared to the bulk-like model. However, the regeneration of the finite systems is associated with higher barriers for O2dissociation which may become the rate limiting step in the low temperature regime where the metal surface can be assumed to be CO covered. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Metal oxides

Bimetallic catalysts

Heterogeneous catalysis

CO oxidation


Matthias Vandichel

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Chalmers, Physics, Chemical Physics

Henrik Grönbeck

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Chalmers, Physics, Chemical Physics

Topics in Catalysis

1022-5528 (ISSN) 1572-9028 (eISSN)

Vol. 61 14 1458-1464

Catalytic activity from first principles

Swedish Research Council (VR), 2017-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.

Areas of Advance

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2010-2017)

Subject Categories

Other Chemistry Topics

Other Materials Engineering

Metallurgy and Metallic Materials



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