The paper will present a novel method for the synthesis of metal nanoclusters with diameters < 3nm within an amphiphilic nanotube template without the use of a reducing agent. This environmentally friendly synthesis occurs at neutral pH in aqueous environment within the confinement of a polymeric nanotube with an internal diameter of 2.8 nm. The synthesis and characterization of Au and Pt nanoclusters using transmission electron microscopy and X-Ray diffraction will be described. Characterization results will be extensively compared to ab initio molecular simulations of the metal clusters and its interactions under confinement. Finally, the catalytic efficiency of the nanoreactors for model reactions will be detailed.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: Technical Proceedings of the 2014 Clean Technology Conference and Trade Show
Published: June 15, 2014
Pages: 414 - 417
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Energy & Sustainability
Topics: Sustainable Materials