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Keywords:

  • dehydrogenation;
  • density functional calculations;
  • fullerenes;
  • nanostructured templates;
  • platinum nanoparticles
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A C60bubble-maker: Induced by platinum nanoparticle templates, carbon atoms formed during the dehydrogenation of small hydrocarbon molecules gather and, reaching a certain coverage on the nanoparticle templates, form fullerenes (see picture). The tailor-made Pt nanoparticle templates exhibit defined shapes and sizes and are supported on inert or basic oxide supports.