Atomic Surface Segregation and Structural Characterization of PdPt Bimetallic Nanoparticles

CA Rodriguez-Proenza and JP Palomares-Baez and MA Chavez-Rojo and AF Garcia-Ruiz and CL Azanza-Ricardo and A Santovena-Uribe and G Luna- Barcenas and JL Rodriguez-Lopez and R Esparza, MATERIALS, 11, 1882 (2018).

DOI: 10.3390/ma11101882

Bimetallic nanoparticles are of interest since they lead to many interesting electrical, chemical, catalytic, and optical properties. They are particularly important in the field of catalysis since they show superior catalytic properties than their monometallic counterparts. The structures of bimetallic nanoparticles depend mainly on the synthesis conditions and the miscibility of the two components. In this work, PdPt alloyed-bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized through the polyol method, and characterized using spherical aberration (Cs) corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). High- angle annular dark-field (HAADF)-STEM images of bimetallic nanoparticles were obtained. The contrast of images shows that nanoparticles have an alloy structure with an average size of 8.2 nm. Together with the characterization of nanoparticles, a systematic molecular dynamics simulations study focused on the structural stability and atomic surface segregation trends in 923-atom PdPt alloyed-bimetallic NPs was carried out.

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