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Single-Molecule Nanocatalysis Reveals Catalytic Activation Energy of Single Nanocatalysts
- Chen, Tao, Zhang, Yuwei, Xu, Weilin
- Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016 v.138 no.38 pp. 12414-12421
- activation energy, catalytic activity, dissociation, gold, monitoring
- By monitoring the temperature-dependent catalytic activity of single Au nanocatalysts for a fluorogenic reaction, we derive the activation energies via multiple methods for two sequential catalytic steps (product formation and dissociation) on single nanocatalysts. The wide distributions of activation energies across multiple individual nanocatalysts indicate a huge static heterogeneity among the individual nanocatalysts. The compensation effect and isokinetic relationship of catalytic reactions are observed at the single particle level. This study exemplifies another function of single-molecule nanocatalysis and improves our understanding of heterogeneous catalysis.