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Better catalysts through microscopy: mesoscale M1/M2 intergrowth in molybdenum-vanadium based complex oxide catalysts for propane ammoxidation

He, Qian, Woo, Jungwon, Belianinov, Alexei, Guliants, Vadim V. and Borisevich, Albina Y. 2015. Better catalysts through microscopy: mesoscale M1/M2 intergrowth in molybdenum-vanadium based complex oxide catalysts for propane ammoxidation. ACS Nano 9 (4) , pp. 3470-3478. 10.1021/acsnano.5b00271

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Abstract

In recent decades, catalysis research has transformed from the predominantly empirical field to one where it is possible to control the catalytic properties via characterization and modification of the atomic-scale active centers. Many phenomena in catalysis, such as synergistic effect, however, transcend the atomic scale and also require the knowledge and control of the mesoscale structure of the specimen to harness. In this paper, we use our discovery of atomic-scale epitaxial interfaces in molybdenum–vanadium based complex oxide catalysts systems (i.e., Mo–V–M–O, M = Ta, Te, Sb, Nb, etc.) to achieve control of the mesoscale structure of this complex mixture of very different active phases. We can now achieve true epitaxial intergrowth between the catalytically critical M1 and M2 phases in the system that are hypothesized to have synergistic interactions, and demonstrate that the resulting catalyst has improved selectivity in the initial studies. Finally, we highlight the crucial role atomic scale characterization and mesoscale structure control play in uncovering the complex underpinnings of the synergistic effect in catalysis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 1936-0851
Date of Acceptance: 6 March 2015
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 17:00
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/91732

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