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Size of Ceria Particles Influences Surface Hydroxylation and Hydroxyl Stability

  • Manoj Kumar Ghosalya
    Manoj Kumar Ghosalya
    Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Xiansheng Li
    Xiansheng Li
    Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
    Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
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  • Arik Beck
    Arik Beck
    Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
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  • Jeroen Anton van Bokhoven*
    Jeroen Anton van Bokhoven
    Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
    Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
    *(J.A.vB.) Email: [email protected]
  • , and 
  • Luca Artiglia*
    Luca Artiglia
    Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
    Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
    *(L.A.) Email: [email protected]
Cite this: J. Phys. Chem. C 2021, 125, 17, 9303–9309
Publication Date (Web):April 22, 2021
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c01718
Copyright © 2021 American Chemical Society
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Abstract

Understanding the surface chemistry of ceria nanoparticles in a water environment is of fundamental interest for several research fields and notably in catalysis and biology/biochemistry. Particularly, regarding pro- and antioxidant activity, the size of the ceria nanoparticle plays a critical role. Large ceria particles (>5 nm) usually cause oxidative distress, resulting in the formation of reactive oxygen species, whereas small particles (<5 nm) act as reactive oxygen scavengers. It is generally believed that the activity depends on the Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio. However, biological reactions typically happen in aqueous media at room temperature, so other hypotheses were considered, in particular the degree of surface hydroxylation. By means of ambient pressure X-ray phototelectron spectroscopy, we demonstrate that Ce4+ does not reduce up to 300 °C. The surface concentration and thermal stability of hydroxyl groups correlate with the size of ceria nanoparticles. In particular, small ceria nanoparticles (<5 nm diameter) show a higher hydroxyl group density than larger ones. Finally, hydroxyl groups are thermally more stable on small ceria particles compared to large ones.

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