The role of metal/oxide interfaces for long-range metal particle activation during CO oxidation

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Fig. 1: Long-range effect of the metal/oxide interface on CO oxidation on Pd.
Fig. 2: Kinetic data for CO oxidation on Pd.
Fig. 3: Adsorption energies of O on Pd aggregates.


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This work was financially supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) through project SFB FOXSI (F4504/02-N16) and by the Spanish MINECO/FEDER grant CTQ2015-64618-R and by grants 2017SGR13 and XRQTC of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The authors thank the Red Española de Supercomputación for the computer resources and technical support.

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I.B., M.D., D.V. and Z.B. performed the PEEM experiments. Y.S. and G.R. supervised the experimental work and were involved in the analysis of the experimental data and the preparation of the manuscript. S.M.K. performed the DFT calculations and K.M.N. supervised the theoretical work. S.M.K. and K.M.N. analysed the calculated data and were involved in the preparation of the manuscript. All the authors contributed to the discussion and approved the manuscript. Y.S. and S.M.K. contributed equally to this work.

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Supplementary Figures 1–8; Key calculated structures: CO molecule; O2 molecule; Pd119 particle; 2xO/Pd119 particle; 2xCO/Pd119 particle; Pd119/ZrO2(111) structure; 2xO/Pd119/ZrO2(111) structure; 2xCO/Pd119/ZrO2(111) structure; Pd119/MgO(100) structure; 2xO/Pd119/MgO(100) structure; 2xCO/Pd119/MgO(100) structure; Supplementary References 1–23

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Suchorski, Y., Kozlov, S.M., Bespalov, I. et al. The role of metal/oxide interfaces for long-range metal particle activation during CO oxidation. Nature Mater 17, 519–522 (2018).

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