Interfacial Unit-Dependent Catalytic Activity for CO Oxidation over Cerium Oxysulfate Cluster Assemblies

Megan C. Wasson, Xingjie Wang, Patrick Melix, Selim Alayoglu, Andrew T.Y. Wolek, Ian Colliard, Florencia A. Son, Haomiao Xie, Eric Weitz, Timur Islamoglu, May Nyman, Randall Q. Snurr, Justin M. Notestein, Omar K. Farha*

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Atomically precise cerium oxo clusters offer a platform to investigate structure−property relationships that are much more complex in the ill-defined bulk material cerium dioxide. We investigated the activity of the MCe70 torus family (M = Cd, Ce, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, and Zn), a family of discrete oxysulfate-based Ce70 rings linked by monomeric cation units, for CO oxidation. CuCe70 emerged as the best performing MCe70 catalyst among those tested, prompting our exploration of the role of the interfacial unit on catalytic activity. Temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) studies of the catalysts indicated a lower temperature reduction in CuCe70 as compared to CeCe70. In situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) indicated that CuCe70 exhibited a faster formation of Ce3+ and contained CO bridging sites absent in CeCe70. Isothermal CO adsorption measurements demonstrated a greater uptake of CO by CuCe70 as compared to CeCe70. The calculated energies for the formation of a single oxygen defect in the structure significantly decreased with the presence of Cu at the linkage site as opposed to Ce. This study revealed that atomic-level changes in the interfacial unit can change the reducibility, CO binding/uptake, and oxygen vacancy defect formation energetics in the MCe70 family to thus tune their catalytic activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33515-33524
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number29
StatePublished - 2022


  • cerium clusters
  • gas-phase oxidation
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • interfacial unit effects
  • oxygen defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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