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The role of pore size and structure on the thermal stability of gold nanoparticles within mesoporous silica



The role of pore size and structure on the thermal stability of gold nanoparticles within mesoporous silica



Journal of Physical Chemistry. B 109(7): 2873-2880



Highly dispersed gold particles (<2 nm) were synthesized within the pores of mesoporous silica with pore sizes ranging from 2.2 to 6.5 nm and different pore structures (2D-hexagonal, 3D-hexagonal, and cubic). The catalysts were reduced in flowing H2 at 200 degrees C and then used for CO oxidation at temperatures ranging from 25 to 400 degrees C. The objective of this study was to investigate the role of pore size and structure in controlling the thermal sintering of Au nanoparticles. Our study shows that sintering of Au particles is dependent on pore size, pore wall thickness (strength of pores), and pore connectivity. A combination of high-resolution TEM/STEM and SEM was used to measure the particle size distribution and to determine whether the Au particles were located within the pores or had migrated to the external silica surface.

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