Nickel–Silicide Colloid Prepared under Mild Conditions as a Versatile Ni Precursor for More Efficient CO<sub>2</sub> Reforming of CH<sub>4</sub> Catalysts

Preparing highly active and stable non-noble-metal-based dry reforming catalysts remains a challenge today. In this context, supported nickel nanoparticles with sizes of 1.3 ± 0.2 and 2.1 ± 0.2 nm were synthesized on silica and ceria, respectively, via a two-step colloidal approach. First, 2-nm nickel–silicide colloids were synthesized from Ni­(COD)<sub>2</sub> and octylsilane at low temperature; they were subsequently dispersed onto supports prior to reduction under H<sub>2</sub>. The resulting catalysts display high activity in dry reforming compared to their analogues prepared using conventional approaches, ceria providing greatly improved catalyst stability.