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Deposition of Metal Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes via Hexane Modified Water-in-CO2 Microemulsion at Room Temperature

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Carbon nanotube-supported metallic nanoparticles (Pd, Rh, and bimetallic Pd-Rh) with diameters in the range 2–10 nm can be synthesized by hydrogen reduction of metal ions dissolved in the water core of a CO2 microemulsion in liquid CO2 at room temperature. The microemulsion is stabilized by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) and dissolved in liquid CO2 with the aid of hexane as a modifier. The metal nanoparticles synthesized in the microemulsion can be deposited on surfaces of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by stirring in the liquid CO2 phase. This simple method produces uniformly distributed metal nanoparticles on surfaces of the MWCNTs with high yields. The carbon nanotube-supported Pd/Rh bimetallic nanoparticles exhibit high catalytic activities for hydrogenation of aromatic compounds and can be reused without losing catalytic activity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-07-01

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