Innovative preparation of Au/C by replication of gold-containing mesoporous silica catalysts

Fatmé Kerdi, Valerie Caps, Alain Tuel

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A new strategy, based on the nanocasting concept, has been used to prepare gold nanoparticles (NPs) highly dispersed in meso-structured carbons. Gold is first introduced in various functionalized mesostructured silicas (MCM-48 and SBA-15) and particles are formed inside the porosity upon reduction of Au 3+ cations. Silica pores are then impregnated with a carbon precursor and the composite material is heated at 900°C under vacuum. Silica is then removed by acid leaching, leading to partially encapsulated gold particles in mesoporous carbon. Carbon prevents aggregation of gold particles at high temperature, both the mean size and distribution being similar to those observed in silica. However, while Au@SiO2 exhibit significant catalytic activity in the aerobic oxidation of trans-stilbene in the liquid phase, its Au@C mesostructured replica is quite inactive. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScientific Bases for the Preparation of Heterogeneous Catalysts - Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, July 11-15, 2010
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780444536013
StatePublished - 2010

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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