Mitra, Anuradha and Jana, Debrina and De, Goutam (2013) Synthesis of equimolar Pd-Ru alloy nanoparticles incorporated mesoporous alumina films: A high performance reusable film catalyst. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 52 (45). pp. 15817-15823. ISSN 0888-5885

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We report the synthesis of equimolar Pd-Ru alloy nanoparticles (NPs) incorporated mesoporous alumina films (Pd-Ru/MAF) by the sol-gel route. The synthetic strategy involves homogeneous mixing of the Pd2+ and Ru3+ ions in the alumina sol containing P123 micelles. Dip-coated films, prepared on ordinary glass substrates, were thermally reduced at a relatively lower temperature (500 degrees C) to generate equimolar Pd-Ru/MAF with a nominal molar composition of Pd:Ru:AlO1.5=2:2:96. Electron microscopy studies revealed uniformly distributed Pd-Ru alloy NPs in a mesoporous alumina-alumina sphere composite film matrix. The P123/alumina nanocomposite acted as an excellent breeding medium to form Pd-Ru (similar to 1:1) alloy NPs despite the poor miscibility of the two metals. Pd-Ru/MAF showed excellent catalytic performances with highest normalized rate constant values (5.43 X 10(14) min(-1) mol(-2)) and possessed good reusability compared to the corresponding monometallic analogues in the reduction of aqueous 4-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4 at 25 degrees C.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Nano-Structured Materials
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 09:19
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 12:32

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