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When a Metastable Oxide Stabilizes at the Nanoscale: Wurtzite CoO Formation upon Dealloying of PtCo Nanoparticles

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posted on 16.12.2015, 18:53 by Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Thierry Dintzer, Véronique Dupuis, Alexandre Tamion, Florent Tournus, Detre Teschner, Michael Hävecker, Axel Knop-Gericke, Robert Schlögl, Spiros Zafeiratos
Ambient pressure photoelectron and absorption spectroscopies were applied under 0.2 mbar of O2 and H2 to establish an unequivocal correlation between the surface oxidation state of extended and nanosized PtCo alloys and the gas-phase environment. Fundamental differences in the electronic structure and reactivity of segregated cobalt oxides were associated with surface stabilization of metastable wurtzite-CoO. In addition, the promotion effect of Pt in the reduction of cobalt oxides was pronounced at the nanosized particles but not at the extended foil.

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