Simultaneous Ni doping at atom scale in ceria and assembling into well-defined lotuslike structure for enhanced catalytic performance

Li, Qingqing, Huang, Zhen, Guan, Pengfei, Su, Rui, Cao, Qi, Chao, Yimin ORCID:, Shen, Wei, Guo, Junjie, Xu, Hualong and Che, Renchao (2017) Simultaneous Ni doping at atom scale in ceria and assembling into well-defined lotuslike structure for enhanced catalytic performance. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9 (19). pp. 16243-16251. ISSN 1944-8244

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Oxide materials with redox capability have attracted worldwide attentions in many applications. Introducing defects into crystal lattice is an effective method to modify and optimize redox capability of oxides as well as their catalytic performance. However, the relationship between intrinsic characteristics of defects and properties of oxides has been rarely reported. Herein, we report a facile strategy to introduce defects by doping a small amount of Ni atoms (∼1.8 at. %) into ceria lattice at atomic level through the effect of microstructure of crystal on the redox property of ceria. Amazingly, a small amount of single Ni atom-doped ceria has formed a homogeneous solid solution with uniform lotuslike morphology. It performs an outstanding catalytic performance of a reduced T50 of CO oxidation at 230 °C, which is 135 °C lower than that of pure CeO2 (365 °C). This is largely attributed to defects such as lattice distortion, crystal defects and elastic strain induced by Ni dopants. The DFT calculation has revealed that the electron density distribution of oxygen ions near Ni dopant, the reduced formation energy of oxygen vacancy originated from local chemical effect caused by local distortion after Ni doping. These differences have a great effect on increasing the concentration of oxygen vacancies and enhancing the migration of lattice oxygen from bulk to a surface which is closely related to optimized redox properties. As a result, oxygen storage capacity and the associated catalytic reactivity has been largely increased. We have clearly demonstrated the change of crystal lattice and the charge distribution effectively modify its chemical and physical properties at the atomic scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: atomic level doping,cerium oxide,co oxidation,oxygen vacancy,solid solution
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Faculty of Science > School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy (former - to 2009)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Physical and Analytical Chemistry (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Chemistry of Materials and Catalysis
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Energy Materials Laboratory
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2017 05:04
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03394

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