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November 2016

Anisotropic phase segregation and migration of Pt in nanocrystals en route to nanoframe catalysts


Scientific Achievement

Control of nanoscopic segregation of the elements in Pt-Ni rhombic dodecahedra (RD) was discovered to create a 3-D Pt3Ni nanoframe.

Significance and Impact

Being able to control the element spatial distribution within nanocrystals is an advanced strategy for obtaining catalysts with new morphologies and structure.

Research Details


Niu, Z.; Becknell, N.; Yu, Y.; Kim, D.; Chen, C.; Kornienko, N.; Somorjai, G. A.; Yang, P. Nat. Mater. (2016) DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4724