Source of the catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles

Geoffrey Bond
2010 Gold Bulletin  
Analysis of literature results for the effect of particle size in Au/TiO 2 catalysts on their activities and activation energies (E) for CO oxidation by constructing 'Compensation' plots of E vs. ln A (A = pre-exponential factor) leads directly to the conclusion that high activity is primarily due to particles so small as to be in the non-metallic state.
doi:10.1007/bf03214973 fatcat:p7mpb3izyrczxpjx6i3z2zxwna