We investigated the interface structure between the Pt nanoparticles and the alumina support in a Pt/Al2O3 model catalyst reduced in flowing hydrogen gas at different temperatures by cross-sectional atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy nanodiffraction techniques. An interfacial Pt8Al21 alloy with a tetragonal structure was formed at the Pt-alumina interface during the high-temperature reduction at 1073 K. This alloy phase was not formed when the Pt/Al2O3 model catalyst was reduced at 773 K. The platinum-assisted reduction of the alumina support and the subsequent strong metal-support interaction at the interface may be responsible for the formation of the interfacial alloy phase.
- Electron microscopy
- Interfacial phase
- Metal-support interaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry