Catalysis Letters

, Volume 108, Issue 3–4, pp 165–172 | Cite as

Reducibility of Ce 1-x Zr x O 2: Origin of Enhanced Oxygen Storage Capacity

  • Gargi Dutta
  • Umesh V. Waghmare
  • Tinku Baidya
  • M. S. HegdeEmail author
  • K. R. Priolkar
  • P. R. Sarode


We combine first-principles calculations with EXAFS studies to investigate the origin of high oxygen storage capacity in ceria-zirconia solid solution, prepared by solution combustion method. We find that nanocrystalline Ce 0.5 Zr 0.5 O 2 can be reduced to Ce 0.5 Zr 0.5 O 1.57 by H 2 upto 850 °C with an OSC of 65 cc/gm which is extremely high. Calculated local atomic-scale structure reveals the presence of long and short bonds resulting in four-fold coordination of the cations, confirmed by the EXAFS studies. Bond valence analysis of the microscopic structure and energetics is used to evaluate the strength of binding of different oxide ions and vacancies. We find the presence of strongly and weakly bound oxygens, of which the latter are responsible for the higher oxygen storage capacity in the mixed oxides than in the pure CeO 2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gargi Dutta
    • 1
  • Umesh V. Waghmare
    • 1
  • Tinku Baidya
    • 2
  • M. S. Hegde
    • 2
    Email author
  • K. R. Priolkar
    • 3
  • P. R. Sarode
    • 3
  1. 1.Theoretical Sciences UnitJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific ResearchBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Solid State and Structural Chemistry UnitIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsGoa UniversityGoaIndia

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