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Noble Metal Nanoparticles in Pectin Matrix. Preparation, Film Formation, Property Analysis, and Application in Electrocatalysis

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posted on 09.09.2020 by Joanna Dolinska, Marcin Holdynski, Piotr Pieta, Wojciech Lisowski, Tomasz Ratajczyk, Barbara Palys, Anna Jablonska, Marcin Opallo
Stable polymeric materials with embedded nano-objects, retaining their specific properties, are indispensable for the development of nanotechnology. Here, a method to obtain Pt, Pd, Au, and Ag nanoparticles (ca. 10 nm, independent of the metal) by the reduction of their ions in pectin, in the absence of additional reducing agents, is described. Specific interactions between the pectin functional groups and nanoparticles were detected, and they depend on the metal. Bundles and protruding nanoparticles are present on the surface of nanoparticles/pectin films. These films, deposited on the electrode surface, exhibit electrochemical response, characteristic for a given metal. Their electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of a few exemplary organic molecules was demonstrated. In particular, a synergetic effect of simultaneously prepared Au and Pt nanoparticles in pectin films on glucose electro-oxidation was found.