Author(s) Bingwa, N.; Patala, R.; Noh, J.H.; Ndolomingo, M.J.; Tetyana, S.; Bewana, S.; Meijboom, R.
Journal Langmuir
Date Published 2017 Jul 03

Herein we report on the catalytic activity of mesoporous nickel, iron, cerium, cobalt, and manganese oxides prepared using KIT-6 as a hard template via evaporation-assisted precipitation. The mesoporous metal oxides (MMOs) were characterized and used as heterogeneous catalysts in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-Nip) by sodium borohydride (BH4(-)). Furthermore, polyamidoamide (PAMAM) dendrimers were used to synthesize gold-palladium nanoalloy particles. The size of AuPd/PAMAM was found to be 3.5 ± 0.8 nm in diameter before being immobilized on the aforementioned mesoporous metal oxides and used as catalysts in the reduction of 4-Nip. Prior to catalytic evaluation, the reduction profiles of the mesoporous metal oxides were investigated by hydrogen-temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and showed that mesoporous metal oxides can be easily reduced at lower temperatures and that the immobilization of gold-palladium nanoalloy particles lowers their reduction temperatures. Mesoporous cobalt and manganese oxides showed catalytic activity toward 4-Nip reduction, and the activity was enhanced after immobilization of the gold-palladium nanoalloys. Isolation of nanoparticles activity was achieved by immobilization of the gold-palladium nanoalloys on the inert silica support. From this we postulated an electron relay mechanism for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. With the use of power rate law we showed that 4-Nip reduction follows pseudo-first-order kinetics.

DOI 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00903
ISSN 1520-5827
Citation Langmuir. 2017.

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