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Tin-Assisted Fully Exposed Platinum Clusters Stabilized on Defect-Rich Graphene for Dehydrogenation Reaction

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posted on 27.03.2019 by Jiayun Zhang, Yuchen Deng, Xiangbin Cai, Yunlei Chen, Mi Peng, Zhimin Jia, Zheng Jiang, Pengju Ren, Siyu Yao, Jinglin Xie, Dequan Xiao, Xiaodong Wen, Ning Wang, Hongyang Liu, Ding Ma
Tin-assisted fully exposed Pt clusters are fabricated on the core–shell nanodiamond@graphene (ND@G) hybrid support (a-PtSn/ND@G). The obtained atomically dispersed Pt clusters, with an average Pt atom number of 3, were anchored over the ND@G support by the assistance of Sn atoms as a partition agent and through the Pt–C bond between Pt clusters and defect-rich graphene nanoshell. The atomically dispersed Pt clusters guaranteed a full metal availability to the reactants, a high thermal stability, and an optimized adsorption/desorption behavior. It inhibits the side reactions and enhances catalytic performance in direct dehydrogenation of n-butane at a low temperature of 450 °C, leading to >98% selectivity toward olefin products, and the turnover frequency (TOF) of a-PtSn/ND@G is ∼3.9 times higher than that of the traditional Pt3Sn alloy catalyst supported on Al2O3 (Pt3Sn/Al2O3).