Novel two-step synthesis of controlled size and shape platinum nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica

Zoltán Kónya, Victor F. Puntes, Imre Kiricsi, Ji Zhu, Paul Alivisatos, Gabor A. Somorjai

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Abstract

Uniform shape and size platinum nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica (SBA-15) were prepared in the same solution by a novel two-step method. Platinum nanoparticles were prepared in aqueous solution of K2PtCl4, the reduction was carried out by bubbling hydrogen, the capping material was tri-block poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymer. The mesoporous silica was synthesized using the same copolymer as template from tetraethyl orthosilicate by hydrolysis in acidic conditions. The "Pt-nanoparticles-in-mesoporous-silica" system was characterized by a combination of low-angle powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and N2 porosimetry. The platinum nanoparticles are encapsulated in the mesopores and retained their size and morphology. It appears that this hybrid material should be a superior three-dimensional high-surface-area catalyst for selective platinum-catalyzed reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Letters
Volume81
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2002

Keywords

  • Mesoporous silica
  • Metal nanoparticles
  • SBA-15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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