Trends in the Catalytic CO Oxidation Activity of Nanoparticles

Jens Kehlet Nørskov, Hanne Falsig, Britt Hvolbæk Larsen, Iben Sig Kristensen, Tao Jiang, Thomas Bligaard Pedersen, Claus H. Christensen

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Going for gold: Density functional calculations show how gold nanoparticles are more active catalysts for CO oxidation than other metal nanoparticles. The high catalytic activity of nanosized gold clusters at low temperature is found to be related to the ability of low-coordinate metal atoms to activate reactants.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number26
Pages (from-to)4835-4839
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Carbon monoxide
  • Density functional calculations
  • Gold
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Nanostructures


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