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Title: Rational synthesis of gold-ceria catalysts supported on reduced graphene oxide with remarkable activity for CO oxidation

Gold (Au)- and ceria (CeO2)-based catalysts are amongst the most active catalysts for the gas phase CO oxidation reaction. Nevertheless, nanosized Au and CeO2catalysts may encounter heat-induced sintering in thermochemical catalytic reactions. Herein, we report on the rational one-pot synthesis of ceria-reduced graphene oxide (CeO2-RGO) using a facile ethylenediamine (EDA)-assisted solvothermal method. Standalone RGO and free-standing CeO2were also prepared using the same EDA-assisted method for comparison. We then incorporated Au into the prepared samples by colloidal reduction and evaluated the catalytic activity of the different catalysts for CO oxidation. The RGO-supported CeO2surpassed the free-standing CeO2, exhibiting a 100% CO conversion at 285oC compared to 340oC in the case of CeO2. Interestingly, the RGO-supported Au/CeO2catalysts outperformed the Au/CeO2catalysts and achieved a 100% CO conversion at 76oC compared to 113oC in the case of Au/CeO2. Additionally, the Au/CeO2-RGO catalyst demonstrated remarkable room-temperature activity with simultaneous 72% CO conversion. This outstanding performance was attributed to the unique dispersion and size characteristics of the RGO-supported CeO2and Au catalysts in the ternary Au/CeO2-RGO nanocomposite, as revealed by TEM and XPS, among other techniques.

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Materials Research Express
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National Science Foundation
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