In situ replacement of Cu-DEN: An approach for preparing a more noble metal nanocatalyst for catalytic use

Oluwatayo Racheal Onisuru, Charles O. Oseghale, Reinout Meijboom

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Abstract

The advantage of dendritic monodisperse macromolecules' dual templating ability was useful in the formation of silica-supported copper nanoparticles Cun@SiO2NPs. This was acquired by the initial synthesis of a silica framework (G4-PAMAM-NH2-SiO2) as a mesoporous support using amine-terminated generation 4 PAMAM dendrimers (G4-PAMAM-NH2). The encapsulated Cun@SiO2 NPs, calcined at 500 C, were made to undergo a displacement reaction with Au3+ generated from the equivalent molar addition of HAuCl4. This resulted in the formation of Aun@SiO2NPs upon in situ replacement at a regulated pH. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized and examined. The catalysts were shown to be catalytically active in the hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol, and oxidation of rhodamine B as model reactions, before oxidation of styrene using TBHP. Also, the stability of the catalyst was evaluated, and the catalytic activity was retained after three consecutive cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20322-20333
Number of pages12
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Volume44
Issue number46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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