Oxidation behavior and catalytic property of intermetallic compound AuCu

Satoshi Kameoka, An Pang Tsai

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Catalytic activity of CO oxidation reaction in relation to oxidation for an ordered AuCu intermetallic compound is studied. Oxidation performed at temperatures above 400 °C on the AuCu intermetallic compound leads to the formation of a composite consisted of Au and CuO, accompanied by a large increase in the surface area and significant enhancement of the activity. The oxidation performed at 600 °C yields a unique composite structure where an Au layer is sandwiched by two porous CuO layers, revealing a maximum in the surface area and the activity. The porous CuO layer is found to be key factor dominating catalytic activity. We show in this study that the oxidation of the intermetallic compound AuCu is a novel and an effective way to prepare metal/oxide composite for catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar


  • AuCu
  • CO oxidation
  • Intermetallic compound
  • Metal/oxide composite
  • Selective oxidation


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