Formation and Growth of Pd Nanoparticles Inside a Highly Cross-Linked Polystyrene Support: Role of the Reducing Agent

Francesco Giannici, Giovanni Agostini, Giuseppe Portale, Carlo Lamberti, Elisa Borfecchia, Liu Wei, Liu Wei, Liu Wei, Alessandro Longo, Elena Groppo

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Abstract

Simultaneous time-resolved SAXS and XANES techniques were employed to follow in situ the formation of Pd nanoparticles in a porous polystyrene support, using palladium acetate as precursor and gaseous H2 or CO as reducing agents. These results, in conjunction with data obtained by DR UV-Vis and DRIFT spectroscopy and TEM measurements, allowed to unravel the different role played by gaseous H2 and CO in the formation of the Pd nanoparticles. In particular, it was found that the reducing agent affects: i) the reduction rate (which is faster in presence of CO); ii) the properties of the hosted nanoparticles, in terms of size (bigger with CO), morphology (spherical with H2, triangular-like with CO) and surface properties (unclean with CO). The importance of a multi-technique approach in following the whole process of metal nanoparticles formation clearly emerges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8406-8415
Number of pages10
JournalJOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C
Volume118
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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