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  • Tailoring the Local Environment of Platinumin Single-Atom Pt1/CeO2 Catalysts for Robust Low-Temperature CO Oxidation. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) Jiang, D., Yao, Y., Li, T., Wan, G., Pereira-Hernandez, X. I., Lu, Y., Tian, J., Khivantsev, K., Engelhard, M. H., Sun, C., Garcia-Vargas, C. E., Hoffman, A. S., Bare, S. R., Datye, A. K., Hu, L., Wang, Y. 2021


    Single-atom Pt 1 /CeO 2 catalyst by atom trapping (AT, 800 o C in air) shows excellent thermal stability, however, it is inactive for CO oxidation at low temperatures due to over-stabilization of Pt 2+ in a highly symmetric square-planar Pt 1 O 4 coordination. Reductive activation forming Pt nanoparticles (NPs) results in enhanced activity, however, NPs are easily oxidized leading to drastic activity loss. Here we show that tailoring the local environment of isolated Pt 2+ via thermal-shock (TS) synthesis leads to a highly active and thermally stable Pt 1 /CeO 2 catalyst. Ultrafast shockwaves (> 1200 o C) in an inert atmosphere induce surface reconstruction of CeO 2 , generating Pt single atoms in an asymmetric Pt 1 O 4 configuration. Originating from this unique coordination, Pt 1 delta+ in a partially reduced state dynamically evolved during CO oxidation, resulting in an exceptional low-temperature performance. The CO oxidation reactivity on the Pt 1 /CeO 2 _TS catalyst is retained under oxidizing conditions.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/anie.202108585

    View details for PubMedID 34346155

  • Water-in-Salt LiTFSI Aqueous Electrolytes. 1. Liquid Structure from Combined Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Experimental Studies. The journal of physical chemistry. B Zhang, Y., Lewis, N. H., Mars, J., Wan, G., Weadock, N. J., Takacs, C. J., Lukatskaya, M. R., Steinruck, H., Toney, M. F., Tokmakoff, A., Maginn, E. J. 2021


    The concept of water-in-salt electrolytes was introduced recently, and these systems have been successfully applied to yield extended operation voltage and hence significantly improved energy density in aqueous Li-ion batteries. In the present work, results of X-ray scattering and Fourier-transform infrared spectra measurements over a wide range of temperatures and salt concentrations are reported for the LiTFSI (lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide)-based water-in-salt electrolyte. Classical molecular dynamics simulations are validated against the experiments and used to gain additional information about the electrolyte structure. Based on our analyses, a new model for the liquid structure is proposed. Specifically, we demonstrate that at the highest LiTFSI concentration of 20 m the water network is disrupted, and the majority of water molecules exist in the form of isolated monomers, clusters, or small aggregates with chain-like configurations. On the other hand, TFSI- anions are connected to each other and form a network. This description is fundamentally different from those proposed in earlier studies of this system.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c02189

    View details for PubMedID 33904299

  • Elucidation of the Active Sites in Single-Atom Pd-1/CeO2 Catalysts for Low-Temperature CO Oxidation ACS CATALYSIS Jiang, D., Wan, G., Garcia-Vargas, C. E., Li, L., Pereira-Hernandez, X., Wang, C., Wang, Y. 2020; 10 (19): 11356–64
  • Interfacial Speciation Determines Interfacial Chemistry: X-ray-Induced Lithium Fluoride Formation from Water-in-salt Electrolytes on Solid Surfaces. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) Steinrueck, H., Cao, C., Lukatskaya, M., Takacs, C., Wan, G., Mackanic, D., Tsao, Y., Zhao, J., Helms, B., Xu, K., Borodin, O., Wishart, J. F., Toney, M. 2020


    Super-concentrated "water-in-salt" electrolytes recently spurred resurgent interest for high energy density aqueous lithium-ion batteries. Thermodynamic stabilization at high concentrations and kinetic barriers towards interfacial water electrolysis significantly expand the electrochemical stability window, facilitating high voltage aqueous cells. Here we investigated LiTFSI/H 2 O electrolyte interfacial decomposition pathways in the "water-in-salt" and "salt-in-water" regimes using synchrotron X-rays, which produce electrons at the solid-electrolyte interface to mimic reductive environments, and simultaneously probe the structure of surface films using X-ray diffraction. We observed the surface-reduction of TFSI - at super-concentration, leading to lithium fluoride interphase formation, while precipitation of the lithium hydroxide was not observed. The mechanism behind this photoelectron-induced reduction was revealed to be concentration-dependent interfacial chemistry that only occurs among closely contact ion-pairs, which constitutes the rationale behind the "water-in-salt" concept.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/anie.202007745

    View details for PubMedID 32881197

  • NASICON Na3V2(PO4)(3) Enables Quasi-Two-Stage Na+ and Zn2+ Intercalation for Multivalent Zinc Batteries CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS Ko, J. S., Paul, P. P., Wan, G., Seitzman, N., DeBlock, R., Dunn, B. S., Toney, M. F., Weker, J. 2020; 32 (7): 3028–35