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Licheng's paper on size-dependent catalysis of Pt nanoparticles in organic oxidation reactions has been accepted by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations!
Title: Synthesis of Ultrasmall Platinum Nanoparticles on Polymer Nanoshells for Size-Dependent Catalytic Oxidation Reactions
Authors: Licheng Bai, Shumeng Zhang, Qiang Chen*, and Chuanbo Gao*
Link to the Publisher: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b16857
Abstract: It is highly desirable for the synthesis and stabilization of noble metal nanoparticles of uniform, precisely tunable sizes, especially in the range of angstroms to a few nanometers, for many catalytic applications in pursuit of optimal activity and selectivity. Herein, we report a novel strategy for the synthesis of uniform platinum (Pt) nanoparticles of ultrasmall sizes (average size: 0.9–2.3 nm), which are stabilized on hollow polymer nanoshells formed by polymerization of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) at the interface of an ethanol/water emulsion. The resulting composite represents a highly active catalyst for effective oxidation of alcohols under ambient conditions. Strong size-dependent catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles has been revealed in aerobic oxidation of 1-phenylethanol to yield acetophenone, demonstrating a volcano-shape profile, with Pt nanoparticles of ~1.7 nm showing the highest activity. The size effect has been attributed to the size-dependent d-band electron structure of the Pt nanoparticles. This work reveals the size effect of Pt nanoparticles in general organic oxidation reactions, and thus provides a general methodology and a lot of opportunities in the design of metal-nanoparticle-based catalysts for fine-chemical production.