Well-dispersed rhenium nanoparticles on three-dimensional carbon nanostructures: Efficient catalysts for the reduction of aromatic nitro compounds.

Author(s) Veerakumar, P.; Thanasekaran, P.; Lin, K.C.; Bin Liu, S.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2017 Nov 15

Rhenium nanoparticles (ReNPs) supported on ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) as a catalyst (Re/OMC) through a solvent-evaporation induced self-assembly (ELSA) method were prepared. The synthesized heterogonous catalyst was fully characterized using X-ray diffraction, field emission transmission electron microscopy, N2 sorption, metal dispersion, thermogravimetric analysis, Raman, Fourier-transform infrared, and X-ray photon spectroscopies. In addition, the catalyst was applied to reduce the aromatic nitro compounds (ANCs) for the first time in aqueous media and the reactions were monitored by following the intensity changes in the UV-vis absorption spectra with respect to time. This method provides the advantages of obtaining a high rate constant (k), green reaction conditions, simple methodology, easy separation and easy workup procedures. Moreover, the catalyst can be easily recovered by centrifugation, recycled several times and reused without any loss of activity. The higher activity of this catalyst was attributed to higher dispersion and smaller particle size of ReNPs as observed from FE-TEM and XRD results.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.065
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2017;506:271282.

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