Alumina-Titania Nanolaminate Condensers for Hot Programmable Catalysis

21 March 2024, Version 1
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For programmable catalysis applications, nanolaminates composed of thin alternating layers of alumina and titania (ATO) were engineered using atomic layer deposition (ALD) as the dielectric material for a Pt-on-carbon catalytic condenser. Systematic investigation assessed synthesis parameters such as deposition temperature, alumina and titania layer thicknesses, the total number of layers (and interfaces), and the presence of a capping alumina layer on the maximum achievable charge accumulation in the Pt catalyst layer. The highest capacitance ATO configuration demonstrated a specific capacitance of ~1,200 nF/cm2 with working voltages of ±5 V, enabling the storage of 4×10^13 electrons or holes per cm2 at room temperature. Adsorption of carbon monoxide on the Pt/C-ATO device characterized by grazing incidence infrared spectroscopy showed changes in the surface binding energy of 13.1 ± 0.8 kJ/mol for an applied external voltage bias of ±1 V. The results enhance our understanding of nanolaminate structures and provide a method for increasing charge condensation strength for higher temperature surface chemistries.



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Supporting Information for Alumina-Titania Nanolaminate Condensers for Hot Programmable Catalysis
Additional microscopy images, XRD, XANES, EXAFS, electronic characterization, XPS, IR spectroscopy


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