Binary Au/MWCNT and ternary Au/ZnO/MWCNT nanocomposites: synthesis, characterisation and catalytic performance

Jayaprakash Khanderi, Rudolf C. Hoffmann, Jörg Engstler, Jörg J. Schneider, Jürgen Arras, Peter Claus, Gennady Cherkashinin

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Gold nanoparticles of 10-24 and 5-8 nm in size were obtained by chemical citrate reduction and UV photoreduction, respectively, on acidtreated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and on ZnO/MWCNT composites. The shape and size of the deposited Au nanoparticles were found to be dependent upon the synthetic method used. Single-crystalline, hexagonal gold particles were produced in the case of UV photoreduction on ZnO/MWCNT, whereas spherical Au particles were deposited on MWCNT when the chemical citrate reduction method was used. In the UV photoreduction route, n-doped ZnO serves as the e- donor, whereas the solvent is the hole trap. All materials were fully characterised by UV/Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and BET surface analysis. The catalytic activity of the composites was studied for the selective hydrogenation of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compound 3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadienal (citral). The Au/ZnO/MWCNT composite favours the formation of unsaturated alcohols (selectivity = 50% at a citral conversion of 20%) due to the presence of single-crystalline, hexagonal gold particles, whereas saturated aldehyde formation is favoured in the case of the Au/MWCNT nanocomposite that contains spherical gold particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2300-2308
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 15 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalysis
  • Gold
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanotubes
  • Zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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