A new class of tunable heterojunction by using two support materials for the synthesis of supported bimetallic catalysts

Fenglin Liao, Tsz Woon Benedict Lo, Douglas Sexton, Jin Qu, Chensheng Ma, Rath Chau Ting Chan, Qin Lu, Renchao Che, Wai Ming Kwok, Heyong He, Simon Fairclough, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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KGaA. Finely dispersed Rh or Pd nanoparticles are decorated with a small quantity of Fe atoms, originating from the controlled reduction of two supports, the mixed oxides of ZnFe2O4-Fe2O3, to form supported RhFe or PdFe bimetallic nanoparticles without significant change in particle size. The selectivity of ethylene glycol hydrogenolysis can be manipulated by adjusting the compositions of the catalysts. This reveals the important underlying principle for rational design and synthesis of new supported bimetallic nanoparticles by using two mixed oxides with a tailored heterojunction that exerts tuning catalytic properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Excitons
  • Heterojunctions
  • Nanoparticles
  • Reduction
  • Supported catalysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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