Pd@Zn core-shell nanoparticles of controllable shell thickness for catalytic methanol production

Fenglin Liao, Xin Ping Wu, Jianwei Zheng, Meng Jung Li, Ziyan Zeng, Xinling Hong, Anna Kroner, Youzhu Yuan, Xue Qing Gong, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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It is reported that well-dispersed core-shell Pd@Zn nanoparticles of controllable shell thickness can be synthesized from a Pd/CdSe-ZnO precursor in H2 without using a surfactant: the Pd ensembles on the material surface with electronic modulation by Zn atoms give a methanol turnover frequency (TOF) and selectivity of 3.3 × 10-1 s-1 and 80%, respectively, the yield of which is 2-fold the best reported value over other Pd-based catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7698-7702
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2016

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Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank EPSRC, UK (Oxford), NSFC-21421004, 21373153, 21322307, China, and iChEM consortium, China, for the financial support of this collaborative work and are grateful to the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) of China for granting a PhD scholarship to FL to work at Oxford. The authors also acknowledge the help in TRPL provided by Prof. Wai-ming Kwok of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The ECUST group also thanks the National Super Computing Center in Jinan for the computing time

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