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In recent years, the correlation between the existence of topological electronic states in materials and their catalytic activity has gained increasing attention, due to the exceptional electron conductivity and charge carrier mobility exhibited by quantum materials. However, the physicochemical mechanisms ruling catalysis with quantum materials are not fully understood. Here, we investigate the chemical reactivity, ambient stability, and catalytic activity of the topological nodal-line semimetal AuSn4. Our findings reveal that the surface of AuSn4 is prone to oxidation, resulting in the formation of a nanometric SnO2 skin. This surface oxidation significantly enhances the material’s performance as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction in acidic environments. We demonstrate that the peculiar atomic structure of oxidized AuSn4 enables the migration of hydrogen atoms through the Sn–O layer with a minimal energy …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
22 Mar 2023

Danil W Boukhvalov, Gianluca D’Olimpio, Federico Mazzola, Chia-Nung Kuo, Sougata Mardanya, Jun Fujii, Grazia Giuseppina Politano, Chin Shan Lue, Amit Agarwal, Ivana Vobornik, Piero Torelli, Antonio Politano

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Volume: 14 Issue: 12 Pages: 3069-3076
The journal of physical chemistry letters