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Title: The selective blocking of potentially catalytically active sites on surface-supported iron oxide catalysts
The extensive research on ultrathin ferrous oxide (FeO) islands and films over the last few decades has significantly contributed to the understanding of their structural and catalytic properties. In this regard, the local chemical properties of FeO edges, such as their metal affinity, play a critical role in determining and tuning the catalytic reactivity of FeO, which however remains largely unexplored. In this work, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study the interaction of Pd and Pt with FeO grown on Au(111). Different Fe affinities for Pd and Pt are demonstrated by the preferential growth of Pd on the Fe-terminated edge and Pt on the O-terminated edge of FeO nanoislands, resulting in selectively blocked FeO edges. In addition to revealing the different metal affinities of FeO edges, our results provide new insights into the edge reactivity of FeO/Au(111) and suggest an approach for controlling the selectivity of FeO catalysts.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
2211474 2102622
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Journal Name:
Materials Chemistry Frontiers
Page Range / eLocation ID:
476 to 482
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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