Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol as a Model Reaction for Nanocatalysis

Jihyang Noh, Reinout Meijboom

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Noble metal nanocomposites have received a great deal of attention in the field of catalysis due to their unique properties, which are directly related to their shapes and sizes. To investigate and derive a definite conclusion about the catalytic activity of various nanocatalysts with different sizes, shapes, and even porosities, a model reaction needed to be selected. The reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4 has been widely used as this model reaction, since it is easy to monitor with simple and fast analytical techniques, and there are no by-products. This reaction is also valuable in the view of green chemistry since 4-NP, one of the toxic substance in the wastewater, is converted into a commercially important substance, 4-aminophenol (4-AP). Here we present an overview of the mechanistic studies into 4-NP reduction, followed by a comprehensive overview of materials evaluated for this reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplication of Nanotechnology in Water Research
Number of pages73
ISBN (Electronic)9781118939314
ISBN (Print)9781118496305
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2014


  • 4-nitrophenol reduction
  • Kinetics
  • Mechanism
  • Nanocatalyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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