Atomistic origin of high-concentration Ce3+ in {100}-faceted Cr-substituted CeO2 nanocrystals

Xiaodong Hao, Akira Yoko, Kazutoshi Inoue, Yang Xu, Mitsuhiro Saito, Chunrin Chien, Gimyeong Seong, Takaaki Tomai, Seiichi Takami, Alexander L. Shluger, Bingshe Xu, Tadafumi Adschiri, Yuichi Ikuhara

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Improving the potential of promising CeO2-based nanocatalysts in practical applications requires an atomic-scale analysis of the effects of active dopants on the distribution of Ce valence states and the formation of oxygen vacancies (VOs). In this study, a Cr dopant is introduced into the cubic {100}-faceted CeO2 nanocrystals (NCs) with an average size of 7.8 nm via supercritical water. The Cr dopants substitute Ce sites in the amount of approximately 3 mol%. Based on the aberration-corrected STEM-EELS, the effects of Cr dopant on the distribution of cerium valence states are investigated layer by layer across the ultrafine Cr-substituted CeO2 NC perpendicular to the {100} exposed facet. It is found that an increased amount of Ce3+ cations is present in Cr-substituted CeO2 NCs, particularly in the internal atomic layers, compared to the pristine CeO2 NCs. The atomic-scale analysis of the local structure combined with theoretical calculations demonstrates that Cr dopant reduces the formation energy of VOs and increases the mobility of oxygen atoms for the nano-sized CeO2. These effects, in principle, result in an improved oxygen storage capacity and provide a fundamental understanding of role of the dopant in the formation and distribution of VOs in the doped CeO2 NCs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116473
JournalActa Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 15


  • Cr-substituted CeO nanocrystals
  • Oxygen storage capacity
  • The distribution of Ce cations
  • {100} exposing facets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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