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Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Pt Nanocrystals and Deposition on Carbon Nanotubes in Ionic Liquids

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In this work, a simple, fast and efficient route is presented for the metal (such as Pt, Rh, etc.) nanocrystal synthesis and deposition on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in ionic liquids (ILs) via microwave heating. In this method, inorganic salts (such as H2PtCl6 · 4H2O, RhCl3 · 2H2O, etc.) dissolved in ILs, 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidinium trifluoroacetate or 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidinium lactate, were reduced to metal nanoparticles by glycol with the aid of microwave heating, and the produced metal nanoparticles could be decorated on CNTs in the presence of CNTs in ILs. The resulting nanomaterials were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. It was demonstrated that the homogeneously dispersed Pt nanocrystals with the size of 2∼3 nm were obtained using H2PtCl6 · 4H2O as precursor, and they deposited on CNTs with the similar size when CNTs was present in ILs. This technique also can be extended to fabricate other noble metal nanocrystals (including Rh, Au, etc.) and corresponding CNT composites.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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