Heterogeneous Catalysis "On Demand": Mechanically Controlled Catalytic Activity of a Metal Surface.

Citation data:

ACS applied materials & interfaces, ISSN: 1944-8252, Vol: 9, Issue: 51, Page: 44264-44269

Publication Year:
2017

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Repository URL:
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.7b15253
PMID:
29178783
DOI:
10.1021/acsami.7b15253
Author(s):
Mazur, Tomasz; Lach, Slawomir; Grzybowski, Bartosz A
Publisher(s):
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Tags:
Materials Science; heterogeneous catalysis “on demand”; catalytic domains; mechanical deformation; self-assembled monolayer
article description
A metal surface passivated with a tightly packed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) can be made catalytically active upon the metal's mechanical deformation. This deformation renders the SAM sparser and exposes additional catalytic sites on the metal's surface. If the deformation is elastic, return of the metal to the original shape "heals" the SAM and nearly extinguishes the catalytic activity. Kelvin probe force microscopy and theoretical considerations both indicate that the catalytic domains "opening up" in the deformed SAM are of nanoscopic dimensions.