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'Platinum Catalyst in Aqueous Solution' | by Argonne National Laboratory
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'Platinum Catalyst in Aqueous Solution'

Scientists used quantum chemical calculations and computer simulations to model how a platinum catalyst interacts with water. (Catalysts are important in nearly everything we manufacture today). The oxygen atoms, in water, are depicted in red; the hydrogen molecules are white, and platinum atoms are in blue-gray. High-level details of the structure can be seen in the reflections of each atom surface.

 

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The ice-like hexagonal structure of water molecules interacting with and above a model platinum catalyst surface is determined from quantum chemical calculations. Oxygen atoms in water shown as red, hydrogen atoms as white; platinum atoms are shown in bluish-grey. High-level details of the structure can be seen in the reflections of each atom surface.

 

Rees Rankin (Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials)

 

Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.

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Taken on June 13, 2010