Physico-chemical properties and catalytic exercise of the sol-gel ready Ce-ion doped LaMnO three perovskites

Crystallographic and morphological construction

Determine 1 demonstrates the XRD sample to watch the chemical composition, crystallographic construction and grain measurement of the as-synthesized perovskite. As noticed in Fig. 1. the distinct diffraction strains of perovskite in XRD sample could be assigned to the (012), (110), (104), (202), (024), (122), (116), (214), (018), (208) and (128) lattice planes, that are attributed to the hexagonal construction of LaMnO3 nanoparticles(Fig. 1) (JCPDS card No. 032-0484)6,19. Every other diffraction line related to MnO or CeO2 is just not recognized over the entire XRD vary specifies the homogeneous dispersion into the crystal lattice and formation of good single part LaMnO3 perovskite. An noticed diffraction line at 30.27° corresponds to La2O3, which is weaker than the reflection strains of LaMnO3 perovskite. All diffractograms of the perovskite supplies revealed the same trigonal symmetry within the crystallographic house group with marginally dissimilar cell parameters. As proven in Fig. 1 diffraction strains in trivalent Ce3+ substituted perovskite are barely shifted in the direction of longer angle together with lowered depth in respect to the un-substituted LaMnO3 perovskite, it might be as a result of impact of Ce3+ ion doping into the crystal matrix. Owing to the small radius of Ce3+ ions, they’re extremely cell and simply migrate from floor to crystal lattice inside the crystal matrix of perovskite supplies at setting situations13,14,20. The broadening of reflection strains in perovskite supplies instructed the nanocrystalline nature of the as-prepared nanomaterials. As proven in Fig. 1, on substituted of small radius Ce3+ (1.25 Å) instead of La(1.27 Å), the reflection strains barely shifted to larger 2θ, signifying that the crystal association turns into distorted13,21, ensuing the transformation is going on within the symmetry of crystallographic structure7,10,22. The experimentally calculated lattice parameters for LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3, and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 are a = 5.527 Å, 5.463 Å, 5.449 Å and 5.436 Å, respectively, are decreased on growing the substitution concentrations of the Ce3+ ion into the LaMnO3 crystal lattice in respect to un-substituted LaMnO3 perovskite. These variations in lattice parameters and shifts in peak positions endorse the substitution of modified ions into the crystal lattice construction.

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X-ray diffraction sample of LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

TEM micrograph clearly reveals the irregular hexagonal construction, easy floor, uncontrolled measurement, extremely aggregated, well-distributed nanoparticles. Determine 2a illustrates the everyday picture of Ce3+ ion substituted LaMnO3 perovskite nanoproduct with measurement starting from 25–31 nm. Power dispersive x-ray evaluation in Fig. 2b revealed the existence of all substituted components together with La3+, Mn3+, Ce3+ and oxygen components within the as-prepared LaMnO3 perovskite. The looks of intense peaks of Cu2+ and C belong to the carbon coated copper grid. It confirmed the efficacious doping of Ce3+ into the crystal matrix.

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(a) TEM picture and (b) EDX evaluation of LaMnO3, nanoparticles.

Textural properties and thermal stability

The structural parameters after calcination of Ce substituted LaMnO3 catalysts, Particular floor space (BET), pore quantity (PV) and common pore measurement (PD) are summarized in Desk 1. The PV and PD have been obtained from the adsorption department of the respective N2 isotherm by placed on the BJH technique. Floor space (Single level BET and Multipoint BET), PV and PD drop with growing Ce ion concentrations from 5 to 10 mol% (Desk 1).

Desk 1 Textural properties of the Ce doped catalysts (La1−xCexMnO3).

Thermogravimetric (TGA) evaluation of the as-prepared LaMnO3 perovskite and Ce-substituted supplies exhibit an analogous decomposition pattern in all thermograms (Fig. three). TGA spectra have been recorded from zero–900 °C in N2-atmosphere with a heating charge of 10 °C/min (Fig. three). First large exothermic peak (DTA) in all samples are noticed at round 400 °C resemble the crystalline H2O molecules or complexation kind floor connected natural impurities. The floor connected OH teams or natural moieties are coordinated to the central metallic ion in several attachment kind within the current advanced precursor system23,24. Typically, -OH teams connected on the floor of metallic ions in two types both terminal Ln-OH or within the bridge from Ln-(OH)-Mn25. In each instances, the dissociation of floor OH teams contrasts from one another relying on the encircling chemical setting. In order that, the discount ii molar mass happens in a somewhat different vary of temperature. No decomposition peaks signifying additional crystallization are present in TGA, specifying that the perovskite supplies are in crystalline kind, as verified by XRD outcomes. All 4 thermograms illustrate the sluggish weight reduction (~6–eight%) in between 400–900 °C, which is assigned to the removing or combustion of carbon dioxide at excessive temperature.

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Thermogravimetric evaluation of LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

Optical properties

Determine four shows the infrared spectra of the as-synthesized LaMnO3 and totally different Ce ion substituted LaMnO3 perovskite nanoparticles. All samples exhibited a subtle band in between 3160–3653 cm−1 assigned to the νO–H stretching vibration originating from floor adsorbed H2O molecules (Fig. four)25. Two further robust depth infrared bands are noticed positioned at 1486 and 1375 cm−1 attributed to the δOH and γOH vibrational modes of H2O molecules. These noticed infrared spectral outcomes are in accord with TGA observations. The noticed infrared band at 644 cm−1 is allotted to the νM-O stretching vibrational mode which licensed the formation of metallic oxide framework26,27.

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FTIR spectra of LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

Optical absorption spectra have been carried out to find out the optical traits of the as-synthesized perovskites (Fig. 5a,b). The direct power band hole (Eg) is estimated by becoming the absorption spectral knowledge to the straight transition equation by extrapolating the linear parts of the curve into αhν = A(hν − Eg)½, the place α is optical absorption coefficient, hν is the photon power, Eg is the direct bandgap and A is fixed (Fig. 5b)25,28,29. The experimentally assessed direct power band gaps of all perovskite nanomaterials are 1.15, 1.31, 1.34 and 1.32 eV for LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3, and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 perovskites, respectively. An noticed enhance band hole power with growing the Ce3+ ion substitution amount into the LaMnO3 crystal lattice, which is attributable to the Burstein-Moss impact28,30,31,32.

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(a) UV/Vis absorption spectra and (b) The plot of (αhν)2 vs. photon power(hν) LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

Redox properties (TPR/TPO)

Redox properties of the as-prepared LaMnO3 perovskite and their Ce3+ ion substituted LaMnO3 perovskites are decided by H2-TPR and the noticed outcomes are offered in Fig. 6a and tabulated in Desk 2. TPR and TPO research are carried out to look at the position of Ce3+ ion-doping on redox habits of LaMnO3 perovskite inside the vary from 50–800 °C. The TPR spectra have been recorded inside the temperature vary from 50 to 800 °C temperature. TPR spectra exhibited two typical attribute discount peaks, first one in between 280–600 °C and second began from 645 °C5. The noticed peak at low discount temperature (280–600 °C) is correspond to the discount of Mn4+ to Mn3+ and elimination of floor adsorbed oxygen vacancies, and the second discount band is noticed at a better temperature (645 °C), which correspond to the discount of Mn3+ to Mn2+ four,6,7,33,34. The primary broadband occurred at decrease discount temperature point out the most important H2-consumption, it suggesting the higher initiative catalytic actions of LaMnO3 perovskite at a decrease temperature. The upper oxidation state of Mn3+/four+ ions is accountable for extra oxygen species due to missing ligand quantities of Mn3+/four+ ion. The incidence of Mn4+ ion is related to the truth that Mn3+ has a permitted electron, and have the flexibility to adsorb molecular O2 and convert it into an electrophilic form6. Reversed transformation of manganese ion oxidation states is noticed by the TPO evaluation (Fig. 6b), wherein the oxidation peak at low temperature (205–310 °C) counsel the transition of Mn2+ to Mn3+ and the oxidation peak at 445–717 °C exhibit the oxidation from Mn3+ to Mn4+. These observations are in accord with printed reports4,5,34.

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(a) Temperature program discount and (b) Temperature program oxidation spectra of LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

Desk 2 H2 consumption of La1−xCexMnO3 perovskite oxide.

Moreover, the H2-TPR profile form of LaMnO3 is altered after doping of various Ce3+ ion concentrations into the LaMnO3 crystal lattice as seen in Fig. 6a. The incorporation of Ce3+ ion into the LaMnO3 matrix strongly modified the discount habits of LaMnO3 perovskite. As proven in Fig. 6a, the Ce3+ ions-substituted pattern revealed three peaks at 330–345, 440–450 and ~800 °C, the primary band appears very minute and the second band happens very robustly35. The incidence of two peaks in Ce3+ ion substituted LaMnO3 TPR profiles signifies the existence of no less than two species within the LaMnO3 crystal lattice, which turned stronger and shifted in the direction of excessive temperature after growing the doping concentrations of Ce3+. An noticed band between 330–345 °C, ascribed to the substitute of Mn2+ by Ce3+ in LaMnO3 crystal matrix. Due to this cost disparity lattice alteration would come up that promote to the development of La-O-Mn–O–Ce strong answer kind, ensuing the reactive O2 vacancies are produced which may be lowered merely at low temperature. Typically, the elimination of oxygen vacancies at low temperatures related to larger oxygen mobility (oxygen reacts extra simply) and oxygen reactivity4,6. An noticed discount band at 448 °C ascribed to the dissociation of powerfully interactive MnO2 sort with Ce3+ helps, whereas weak depth discount band noticed at ~800 °C consigned to the high-temperature dissociation band due to bulk MnO2 24. Owing to the variation in stability of each metallic (Mn3+/four+ and Ce3+/four+) cations from four+ to three+ or from three+ to 2+, the up-down swings of O2 imperfections escorted with valence alteration is observed6,35. Subsequently, the excessive O2 storage capability of 10 mol% Ce substituted LaMnO3 perovskite due to the simultaneous incidence of transportable O2 vacancies and analogous (Mn2+/three+/four+/Ce3+/four+) redox . Consequently, the La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 pattern revealed a wonderful catalytic exercise at a decrease temperature, in order that, the very best redox properties, these outcomes are in accord with earlier literature reports7,24,33. Comparatively the depth of the high-temperature parts is remarkably different on growing the Ce ion concentrations, whereas peak positions (decomposition temperature) are virtually comparable. It instructed the same sort of species is lowered on the identical temperature, which enhanced by Ce3+ ion substitution.

As proven in Fig. 6a, La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 pattern revealed excessive reducibility at excessive temperature. In order that, the substitute of La3+ by Ce3+ ion would impact in enhanced concentrations of Mn3+ ions and oxygen vacancies due to cost discrepancy completed by oxidation of Mn2+ to Mn3+ and by the development of an oxygen-deficient perovskite La0.90Ce0.10MnO3, which might improve the reducibility character of the perovskite. These observations are properly in step with XRD and XPS outcomes, wherein non-Ce ion substituted Mn2+ species are oxidized and remodel into Mn3+ valence states. It inferred that the reducibility habits of the perovskites within the following sequence LaMnO3 ≤ La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 ≤ La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 ≤ La0.90Ce0.10MnO3, in line with the H2 consumption at 446 °C and 800 °C. Typically, oxygen species are connected with metallic ion into two totally different bonding types together with non-crystalline and crystalline bonding types. Within the non-crystalline bonding kind, the oxygen species are current within the outer coordination sphere and is known as floor adsorbed oxygen species. Whereas in case of crystalline bonding kind, the oxygen species entered into the internal coordination sphere and compensate its valence state. These crystalline kind oxygen species could be sometimes eradicated in metallic oxide merchandise at larger temperature36,37.

Temperature program oxidation or desorption was carried out to guage the catalytic affinity in the direction of oxygen. Determine 6b illustrates the TPO profile of the as-prepared LaMnO3 and totally different Ce3+ ion focus substituted LaMnO3 perovskites. The TPO- profile of clean LaMnO3 perovskite in Fig. 6b, illustrate three oxygen desorption areas, at three totally different temperatures together with 266, 533 and ~799 °C, respectively. An noticed first band at 266 °C is attributed to the weakest oxygen vacancies (superficial O2 species), that are physiochemically adsorbed/chemisorbed O2 species and are eradicated at low-temperature. The looks of broadband between 350–725 °C assigned to the non-stoichiometric oxygen (interfacial oxygen) vacancies and discount of Mn4+ to Mn3+, that are desorbed at excessive temperature. Whereas the oxygen vacancies desorbed at a better temperature (≥725 °C) could be attributed to the relocation of lattice O2 within the bulk perovskite part and discount of Mn3+ to Mn2+ 7,10,33,35. Typically, floor adsorbed O2 vacancies desorbed at low temperatures and interfacial oxygen in non-stoichiometric kind desorbing at excessive temperature23,24,25,33,35,36,38.

As seen in Fig. 6b, when the Ce3+ ion is changed within the La3+ web site of LaMnO3 perovskite a cost stability is desired to realize the neutrality of the perovskite. It will possibly both achieved by O2 defects or the swing of the Mn ion in the direction of larger valance states (Mn3+ to Mn4+). As illustrated in Fig. 6b, on the substitution of 5 mol% Ce3+ ion doping the robust low-temperature peak is shifted in the direction of barely larger temperature, which corresponds to floor desorbed oxygen species. Whereas high-temperature peak assigned to interfacial oxygen species is cut up into two peaks noticed at 390 and 490 °C. Nevertheless, on growing the substitution focus of Ce3+ ion in LaMnO3 crystal lattice, the low temperature desorption peaks are moved in the direction of larger temperature with important enhanced integral space, indicating the homogeneous substitution of Ce3+ ion into crystal lattice which enhance the oxygen ion mobility of each floor (superficial) oxygen species and non-stoichiometric (interfacial) lattice oxygen species, it might be as a result of impact of small ionic measurement Ce3+ ion substitution13,24,25. As noticed beforehand, the Ce3+/four+ ions have excessive oxygen species motilities due to their a number of oxidation states. The high-temperature O2 desorption of LaMnO3 is often denoted to because the removing of non-stoichiometric surplus oxygen. It might be as a result of creation of Mn3+ in LaMnO3 to scale back the Jahn–Teller distortion, though the cost stability advocates that Mn ought to be in three+ oxidation state. In La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 the Mn3+ state is extremely steady due to the existence of Ce3+ ions within the crystal lattice (cost compensation)33.

XPS research

The floor chemical parts, part purity, and their oxidation states are inspected by XPS evaluation. Figures 7 and eight demonstrated the XPS spectra of La(3d & 4d), Mn(2p) and O(1 s) for the totally different Ce ion focus substituted perovskites. XPS spectra of the La 3d within the LaMnO3 and LaxCe1−xMnO3 displayed two binding energies (BE) bands situated at 844 and 860 eV which correspond to the La 3d5/2 and La 3d3/2, respectively. The existence of those valence band signifies that lanthanum in La3+ ion kind(Fig. 7a)1. Moreover, every band has further satellite tv for pc band together with core band, owing to the relocation of electrons from O2p to the vacant orbital of La 5 f orbital. These observations are much like the earlier values noticed for La2O3 1,39, it instructed the trivalent state of La3+ ions within the perovskite supplies. The elevated La 4d binding power is interpreted as as a result of displacement of the electron density towards nearest neighbors. The oxygen (O1s) sign in XPS spectra reveals two peaks, the primary one is centered at 531 eV and second at round 436 eV in La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 pattern (Fig. 7b). As proven in Fig. 7b, the low BE band is as a result of lattice oxygen, whereas broader band with excessive BE band is related to the floor adsorbed oxygen or floor hydroxyl teams. Peng et al. noticed that the floor adsorbed O2 is probably the most lively oxygen due to larger mobility in respect of lattice oxygen, which performs an important position in conversion course of by migration from the floor to lattice sites1,three,13.

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(a) XPS evaluation of the La 3d3/2&5/2 and (b) O1s spectra recorded for the LaMnO3, La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

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XPS evaluation of the Mn 2p1/2&three/2 spectra recorded for the La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.90Ce0.10MnO3 nanoparticles.

As seen in Fig. 7b, on growing the dopant focus (Ce3+ ions) the peaks are different together with broadening, it signifies the existence of a number of varieties of oxygen vacancies similar to oxygen of hydroxyl (–OH−)/carbonate(–CO32−) teams on the floor of matrices2,7,eight,10 and it’s in accord with the TPO outcomes. In keeping with the TPO outcomes the noticed low-temperature desorption band(floor O2 species) is instantly associated to the amount of O2 species are in very small, whereas the excessive amount of O2 species advanced at a better temperature(chemisorbed O2 species). An noticed a rise in core-level binding power signifies that all the cations within the samples (La, Ce, and Mn) are bonded to the oxygen. Most significantly, we’re unable to watch the Ce ion peak within the present perovskites matrixes as a result of Ce ion in LaCeMnO3 perovskites are largely within the tetravalent state40.

An noticed XPS peak situated at round 655 eV is assigned to 2p1/2 of Mn ions, though the band of Mn 2p3/2 consists of a number of bands it implies the presence of multivalence states similar to Mn2+ (641), Mn3+(644) and Mn4+(648) (Fig. eight)41,42,43,44,45,46. Qureshi et al. noticed that the splitting in Mn 2p peak is as a result of uneven nature of the metallic, which suggests Mn exists within the blended valence state46,47. Nevertheless, satellite tv for pc construction at larger BE divided by ~four eV, it might be as a result of robust columbic interplay in between hybridization of Mn 3d electrons and different valence sub-shells42,44,47. No Mn 2p3/2 band for Mn (~639 eV) is detected within the spectrum, it implies that no metallic type of Mn is offered within the as-prepared perovskites (Fig. eight). The impression of the catalytic exercise on MnOx is said to its oxidation states that are MnO2 > Mn2O3 > MnO as reported by Thirupathi & Smirniotis4,10,48,49. In keeping with them, MnO2 is a extremely reactive compound in all Mn-based compounds together with MnO2, Mn5O8, Mn2O3, and Mn3O4. Subsequently, Mn4+ has larger catalytic efficiency, and this resembled the best catalytic denitration exercise of La90Ce10MnO3. The peaks of the Mn 2p1/2 and Mn 2p3/2 of the utilized supplies are moved in the direction of longer BE, noticed at ~2 eV and three eV, respectively. As proven in Fig. eight, the binding energies are considerably different upon growing the Ce ion focus into the perovskite matrix, it signifies the variation in valence states of Mn ions.

Catalytic response

The ready supplies have been uncovered to catalytic evaluation and the conversion of benzyl alcohol into benzaldehyde is taken up as a typical response. It was noticed that the ready catalysts are lively in opposition to the substrate benzyl alcohol. Including Ce within the LaMnO3 catalyst is discovered to impression on catalytic cardio oxidation of benzyl alcohol as a result of synergetic impact between Ce3+/four+ and Mn3+/four+ ions. The C6H5CHO is the core constituent, with an insignificant amount of C6H5COOH as a byproduct. The perovskite LaMnO3 is discovered to yield a 29% benzaldehyde inside 12 hours, whereas conversion yield is improved on growing the Ce ion substitution focus within the perovskite, as proven in Desk three (Fig. 9). As demonstrated in Fig. 9, on the substitution of zero.05% Ce within the La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 catalyst yielded 10% extra benzaldehyde i.e. 40% which is best than their guardian or clean perovskite. Additional modification of the catalyst with additional enhance within the proportion content material of Ce within the catalytic system, yielded La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.9Ce0.1MnO3 respectively, it signifies that the catalytic exercise decreases because the % of Ce3+ ion focus enhance within the catalyst composition. The catalyst La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.9Ce0.1MnO3 yielded 37% and 32% oxidation product, i.e. benzaldehyde, respectively. Moreover, the selectivity in the direction of benzaldehyde was discovered to be >99% in all of the instances. The graphical illustration of the outcomes obtained for all of the catalysts examined is given in Fig. 9. When the catalytic exercise is in comparison with the exterior space of the as-synthesized perovskite, it was noticed that the catalyst La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 which displayed the very best catalytic efficiency has a floor space of seven.7922 m2/g, and it discovered to be decrease than the floor space of the perovskite LaMnO3 i.e. eight.3410 m2/g, which yielded a 29% benzaldehyde inside 12 hours decrease than the catalyst La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 which yielded a 40% benzaldehyde. Nevertheless, because the % of Ce within the catalyst composition is elevated within the perovskites i.e. La0.93Ce0.07MnO3 and La0.9Ce0.1MnO3 the floor space additional decreases to 7.7554 and 6.9371 respectively and the catalytic efficiency additionally depreciates. This means that the catalytic exercise is just not solely depending on the precise floor space it additionally is dependent upon the doping focus of the Ce3+ ion within the supplies. An un-doped perovskite possesses Mn in +three state, whereas upon the inclusion of the Ce3+ ions and the Mn oxidation state +four (extra) and +2 is obtained as indicated by the XPS. Noticeably, Ce3+ ion focus performs an important half within the enhancement of the catalytic efficiency because it induces a excessive floor oxygen mobility than their un-doped perovskite, and the Mn oxidation state +four (extra) and +2 is obtained, which reinforces the floor redox properties of the perovskites as confirmed by the XPS. Nevertheless, additional enhance of the Ce3+ ions within the perovskite was discovered to consequence within the diminution within the catalytic efficiency, it specifies could be the depreciation in Mn4+ and Mn2+ websites and enhance within the Mn3+ ion. Aside from the oxidation states of Mn, the lower within the La3+ which ends up as a result of enhance of Ce3+ within the catalytic system may be accountable for the depreciation within the catalytic exercise. The precise catalytic exercise of the as-designed supplies is calculated primarily based on the turnover quantity and turnover frequency as offered in Desk three. From the values obtained, it’s discovered that the catalyst La0.95Ce0.05MnO3 has the very best TON and TOF amongst all of the catalysts ready. Additional research are decided with the intention to optimize the response temperature for the very best catalytic efficiency, the catalyst La0.95Ce0.05MnO3, is utilized for the oxidation of C6H5CH2OH at varied temperatures starting from 40 °C to reflux temperature, and it was discovered that the catalyst efficiency is greatest on the reflux temperature, whereas at different temperatures, a slight lower in catalytic efficiency was noticed, noticed outcomes are illustrated in Fig. 10.

Desk three Cardio oxidation of benzyl alcohol using La1−xCexMnO3 catalysts.Determine 9figure9

Graphical illustration of the kinetic of the response carried out utilizing La1−xCexMnO3 catalysts. Circumstances: catalyst = zero.three g, T = 393 Okay, benzyl alcohol = 2 mmol, toluene = 10 mL, O2 circulation charge = 10 cm3min−1, response time = 12 h.

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Graphical illustration of catalytic exercise of La1−xCexMnO3 as a operate of response temperature.

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