Cu-ZnO@C nanoreactors studied by in situ synchrotron SAXS spectroscopy

Ching I. Hong, Hsu Ya Kang, H. Paul Wang, Wei Keng Lin, U. Ser Jeng, Chiu Hun Su

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By small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) spectroscopy, changes of electronic density of selected element can be determined. A size growth of Cu-ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated in the carbon shell during temperature-programmed carbonization of Cu2+- and Zn2+-starch (Cu-to-Zn ratio = 1) at 343-523 K was observed by in situ SAXS. The Cu-ZnO@C behaves like a nanoreactor for catalytic partial oxidation of methanol (POM) to yield H 2-rich product gas. It seems that the enhanced POM may be associated with the high collision frequency of methanol, oxygen (as O atoms) and copper catalytic species in the confined nanoreactor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Issue number3-6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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