Some colloidal routes to synthesize metal nanoparticle-based catalysts

Szilvia Papp, László Korösi, Rita Patakfalvi, Imre Dékány

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Inorganic colloids and especially metal nanoparticles (NPs) have been in the focus of interest for a long time. Their valuable characteristics due to their small size, such as their unique electron structure and extremely large specific surface area, open the way for their practical utilization. By virtue of their high activity and selectivity, they have become widely known as novel type catalysts. Various methods are developed for their preparation, from which colloidal chemical routes became more and more widespread. In this study, some colloidal methods for preparation of metal (Pd, Rh, Au, Ag) NPs and NP-based catalysts are presented. The effects of various polymer molecules, clay lamellae, and reducing agents on the kinetic of NPs formation were investigated. The formation of NPs was followed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-Vis spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). NPs were also prepared on clay mineral surface. Interlamellar space of clay minerals is capable of stabilizing colloid particles. Influence of the NPs into the original lamellar structures was examined by X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering. The surface oxidation state of the particles sitting on the support in the metal-containing catalysts was determined by XPS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCatalysis for Alternative Energy Generation
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9781461403449
ISBN (Print)146140343X, 9781461403432
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Papp, S., Korösi, L., Patakfalvi, R., & Dékány, I. (2012). Some colloidal routes to synthesize metal nanoparticle-based catalysts. In Catalysis for Alternative Energy Generation (Vol. 9781461403449, pp. 413-457). Springer New York.