Claudia Zlotea

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The metal-organic framework MIL-100(Al) has been used as a host to synthesize Pd nanoparticles (around 2.0 nm) embedded within the pores of the MIL, showing one of the highest metal contents (10 wt %) without degradation of the porous host. Textural properties of MIL-100(Al) are strongly modified by Pd insertion, leading to significant changes in gas(More)
The hydrogen adsorption capacity and heat of adsorption at 77 K have been evaluated for several porous metal terephthalate MOFs (MIL-53(Fe), MIL-125(Ti) and UiO-66(Zr)), as well as in their -NH(2) and -(CF(3))(2) functionalized isoreticular structures. The capacity of hydrogen is basically related to the textural properties of the solids and not to their(More)
We report on the experimental realization of tetragonal Fe-Co alloys as a constituent of Fe0.36Co0.64/Pt superlattices with huge perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, reaching 210 microeV/atom, and a saturation magnetization of 2.5 microB/atom at 40 K, in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions. At room temperature the corresponding(More)
A novel one-pot laser-assisted approach is reported herein for the synthesis of ordered carbons with embedded cobalt nanoparticles. The process is based on a UV pulsed laser exposure of an ethanolic solution consisting of green carbon precursors, a structure directing agent and a cobalt salt. Very short irradiation times (5 to 30 min) are only required to(More)
A promising anode material for Li-ion batteries based on MgH₂ with around 5 nm average particles size was synthesized by a bottom-up method. A series of several composites containing MgH₂ nanoparticles well dispersed into a porous carbon host has been prepared with different metal content up to 70 wt%. A narrow particle size distribution (1-10 nm) of the(More)
Hydrogen sorption properties of ultrasmall Pd nanoparticles (2.5 nm) embedded in a mesoporous carbon template have been determined and compared to those of the bulk system. Downsizing the Pd particle size introduces significant modifications of the hydrogen sorption properties. The total amount of stored hydrogen is decreased compared to bulk Pd. The(More)
The hydride NdGaH1+x (x ≈ 0.66) and its deuterized analogue were obtained by sintering the Zintl phase NdGa with the CrB structure in a hydrogen atmosphere at pressures of 10-20 bar and temperatures near 300 °C. The system NdGa/NdGaH1+x exhibits reversible H storage capability. H uptake and release were investigated by kinetic absorption measurements and(More)
MgH2, Mg-Ni-H and Mg-Fe-H nanoparticles inserted into ordered mesoporous carbon templates have been synthesized by decomposition of organometallic precursors under hydrogen atmosphere and mild temperature conditions. The hydrogen desorption properties of the MgH2 nanoparticles are studied by thermo-desorption spectroscopy. The particle size distribution of(More)
The hydrogen sorption properties of oxide-supported Ir-Pd nanoalloys have been determined for the first time, and correlated with their catalytic behavior. The addition of Ir to Pd suppresses hydride formation and leads to improved catalytic performances with respect to pure metals in the preferential oxidation of CO in H2 excess (PROX).