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Open Access Scientific Opportunities for Heterogeneous Catalysis Research at the SuperXAS and SNBL Beam Lines

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In this short review, we describe the complementary experimental capabilities for catalysis research at two beam lines available to the Swiss community, SuperXAS at SLS (Swiss Light Source, Villigen) and SNBL (Swiss Norwegian Beam lines) at ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble). Over the years, these two facilities have been developed to provide powerful techniques for structural studies under in situ and operando conditions. These techniques, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) in combination with Raman or infrared spectroscopy provide new avenues for structure–performance studies of catalysts. Several exemplary studies are used to demonstrate the capability of these facilities.

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Keywords: CATALYSIS; SYNCHROTRON RADIATION; X-RAY ABSORPTION AND EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY; X-RAY POWDER DIFFRACTION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Swiss-Norwegian Beam lines at ESRF 6 Rue Jules Horowitz F38043 Grenoble, france 2: Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland. [email protected] 3: Swiss-Norwegian Beam lines at ESRF 6 Rue Jules Horowitz F38043 Grenoble, France 4: Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland; Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland 5: Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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