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Size-controlled Platinum nanoparticles and their catalytic activity


Pelzer,  Katrin
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Pelzer, K., Candy, J.-P., Chaudret, B., & Basset, J.-M. (2008). Size-controlled Platinum nanoparticles and their catalytic activity. Poster presented at IDECAT Conference on Catalysis: Concepts, complexity and diversity in catalysis, Porquerolles [France].

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-FC72-6
Nanoparticles are widely used in heterogeneous catalysis and generally, they are supported on oxides such as silica or alumina. Unfortunately, strong interactions between support and particles exist and lead to the modification of the particles’ properties which means that no unique active sites are obtained. Other side phenomena like diffusion or migration of adsorbed atoms towards the support surface are observed and undesired reactions (isomerization, cyclization,…) with the acid sites take place. These side effects can be eliminated using unsupported metal nanoparticles.Their properties can be modified depending on their size especially in the order of magnitude between 1 and 10 nm. This makes unsupported nanoparticles interesting candidates for fine chemical catalytic applications since no side phenomena occur and active sites are well defined.