Strong morphological effect of Mn3O4 nanocrystallites on the catalytic activity of Mn3O4 and Au/Mn 3O4 in benzene combustion

Zhao Yang Fei, Bo Sun, Liang Zhao, Wei Jie Ji*, Chak Tong AU

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Gold nanoparticles (3-4 nm) were deposited on Mn3O4 nanocrystallites with three distinct morphologies (cubic, hexagonal, and octahedral). The resulting structures were characterized, and their activities for benzene combustion were evaluated. The dominant exposed facets for the three kinds of Mn3O4 polyhedrons show the activity order: (103)≈(200)>(101). A similar activity order was derived for the interfaces between the Au and the Mn3O4 facet: Au/(200)≈Au/(103) >Au/(101). The metal-support interactions between the Au nanoclusters and specific facets of the Mn3O4 polyhedrons lead to a unique interfacial synergism in which the electronic modification of the Au nanoparticles and the morphology of the Mn3O4 substrate have a joint effect that is responsible for a significant enhancement in the catalytic activity of the Au/Mn3O4 system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6480-6487
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • benzene combustion
  • crystal facet
  • gold
  • manganese tetraoxide
  • morphology
  • nanostructures


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