Dynamic structure of active sites in ceria-supported Pt catalysts for the water gas shift reaction

Yuanyuan Li, Matthew Kottwitz, Joshua L. Vincent, Michael J. Enright, Zongyuan Liu, Lihua Zhang, Jiahao Huang, Sanjaya D. Senanayake, Wei Chang D. Yang, Peter A. Crozier, Ralph G. Nuzzo, Anatoly I. Frenkel

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Oxide-supported noble metal catalysts have been extensively studied for decades for the water gas shift (WGS) reaction, a catalytic transformation central to a host of large volume processes that variously utilize or produce hydrogen. There remains considerable uncertainty as to how the specific features of the active metal-support interfacial bonding—perhaps most importantly the temporal dynamic changes occurring therein—serve to enable high activity and selectivity. Here we report the dynamic characteristics of a Pt/CeO2 system at the atomic level for the WGS reaction and specifically reveal the synergistic effects of metal-support bonding at the perimeter region. We find that the perimeter Pt0 − O vacancy−Ce3+ sites are formed in the active structure, transformed at working temperatures and their appearance regulates the adsorbate behaviors. We find that the dynamic nature of this site is a key mechanistic step for the WGS reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number914
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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