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Nickel-Cobalt Nanoparticles Supported on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Their Catalytic Hydrogenation Activity

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized from graphite using the arc discharge technique. A nickel/yttrium/graphite mixture was used as the catalyst. After purification by sonication in a Triton X-100 solution, nickel-cobalt metal nanoparticles were deposited on the surface of the single-walled carbon nanotubes. The resulting material and/or the nanotubes themselves were characterized by physisorption, Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution transition electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the nanotubes, prepared by the arc discharge technique, are semi-conducting with a diameter centering at 1.4 nm. The average nickel-cobalt particle size is estimated to be in the region of 8 nm. The catalytic activity of the material was examined for the hydrogenation of unsaturated fatty acid methyl esters obtained from avocado oil. The carbon nanotube supported nickel-cobalt particles effectively hydrogenate polyunsaturated methyl linoleate to monounsaturated methyl oleate. In contrast to a conventional nickel on kieselghur catalyst, further hydrogenation of methyl oleate to undesired methyl stearate was not observed.

Keywords: ARC DISCHARGE; CARBON NANOTUBE; FATTY ACID METHYL ESTER; HYDROGENATION; NICKEL-COBALT; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.4241

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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