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Neutron Scattering (NS) Spectroscopy...

by Jisue Braatz, Yongqiang Cheng, Zili Wu, Anibal J Ramirez Cuesta
Publication Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
Page Numbers
493 to 516
Publisher Name
Springer Nature
Publisher Location
Cham, Switzerland

A wide range of advanced experimental methods has been used in catalysis science to understand chemical transformations at molecular level. Among these, neutron scattering not only gives catalytic information that is highly complementary to other microscopic scattering techniques such as electrons (microscopy and diffraction) and photons from visible light to synchrotron X-rays but also often provides unique insights into catalysis. This chapter aims to provide a general overview of neutron scattering and its applications for heterogeneous catalysis, emphasizing chemistry at the gas/solid interface. It starts with an introduction to the theory of neutron scattering, with pros and cons for catalyst research, followed by a description of three main neutron scattering techniques: neutron diffraction (ND), inelastic neutron spectroscopy (INS), and quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS). It includes recent applications in each technique and then a short introduction of other neutron techniques that are less frequently used in the catalysis field. It ends with a summary and a future outlook.