Template-Assisted Formation of Fullerenes from Short-Chain Hydrocarbons by Supported Platinum Nanoparticles

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  • Dr. Francesc Viñes,

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    1. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie and Interdisciplinary Center for Interface Controlled Processes, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
    • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie and Interdisciplinary Center for Interface Controlled Processes, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Görling

    1. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie and Interdisciplinary Center for Interface Controlled Processes, Egerlandstrasse 3, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
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  • F.V. thanks the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for his postdoctoral grant. Funding of the German Research Council (DFG) in the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” (www.eam.uni-erlangen.de) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

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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.

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