Supported single Pt1/Au1 atoms for methanol steam reforming

Xiang Kui Gu, Botao Qiao, Chuan Qi Huang, Wu Chen Ding, Keju Sun, Ensheng Zhan, Tao Zhang, Jingyue Liu, Wei Xue Li

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The single Pt1 and Au1 atoms stabilized by lattice oxygen on ZnO{1010} surface for methanol steam reforming is reported. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the catalysis of the single precious metal atoms together with coordinated lattice oxygen stems from its stronger binding toward the intermediates, lowering reaction barriers, changing on the reaction pathway, enhancing greatly the activity. The measured turnover frequency of single Pt1 sites was more than 1000 times higher than the pristine ZnO. The results provide valuable insights for the catalysis of the atomically dispersed precious metals on oxide supports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3886-3890
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 29 2014


  • activity
  • density functional theory
  • electron microscopy
  • methanol steam reforming
  • selectivity
  • single atom catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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