Biotemplated synthesis of catalytic Au-Pd nanoparticles

Simon R. Hall*, Andrew M. Collins, Natalie J. Wood, Wataru Ogasawara, Moataz Morad, Peter J. Miedziak, Meenakshisundaram Sankar, Graham J. Hutchings, David Knight

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In this paper, we demonstrate a facile route to carbon-supported nanoparticles of a gold/palladium alloy which exhibit catalytic activity for the oxidation of benzylic alcohols, using the biopolymer chitosan. The biomolecule acts triply as a structure-directing agent, anti-sintering matrix and in situ source of carbon in which the catalytically active nanoparticles are dispersed. The catalyst works without the need for environmentally harmful bases and solvents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2217-2220
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


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