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Size-Controlled Pd Nanoparticle Catalysts Prepared by Galvanic Displacement into a Porous Si-Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Host

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posted on 2017-02-14, 00:00 authored by Taeho Kim, Xin Fu, David Warther, Michael J. Sailor
Porous silicon nanoparticles containing both Pd and iron oxide nanoparticles are prepared and studied as magnetically recoverable catalysts for organic reductions. The Pd nanoparticles are generated in situ by electroless deposition of Pd­(NH3)42+, where the porous Si skeleton acts as both a template and as a reducing agent and the released ammonia ligands raise the local pH to exert control over the size of the Pd nanoparticles. The nanocomposites are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption, X-ray diffraction, superconducting quantum interference device magnetization, and dynamic light scattering. The nanocomposite consists of a porous Si nanoparticle (150 nm mean diameter) containing ∼20 nm pores, uniformly decorated with a high loading of surfactant-free Pd nanoparticles (12 nm mean diameter) and superparamagnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (∼7 nm mean diameter). The reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol by sodium borohydride is catalyzed by the nanocomposite, which is stable through the course of the reaction. Catalytic reduction of the organic dyes methylene blue and rhodamine B is also demonstrated. The conversion efficiency and catalytic activity are found to be superior to a commercial Pd/C catalyst compared under comparable reaction conditions. The composite catalyst can be recovered from the reaction mixture by applying an external magnetic field due to the existence of the superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in the construct. The recovered particles retain their catalytic activity.

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