Kinetic investigation of para-nitrophenol reduction with photodeposited platinum nanoparticles onto tunicate cellulose

RSC Adv. 2022 Oct 28;12(48):30860-30870. doi: 10.1039/d2ra05507d. eCollection 2022 Oct 27.

ABSTRACT

Photodeposition is a specific method for depositing metallic co-catalysts onto photocatalysts and was applied for immobilizing platinum nanoparticles onto cellulose, a photocatalytically inactive biopolymer. The obtained Pt@cellulose catalysts show narrow and well-dispersed nanoparticles with average sizes between 2 and 5 nm, whereby loading, size and distribution depend on the preparation conditions. The catalysts were investigated for the hydrogenation of para-nitrophenol via transfer hydrogenation using sodium borohydride as the hydrogen source, and the reaction rate constant was determined using the pseudo-first-order reaction rate law. The Pt@cellulose catalysts are catalytically active with rate constant values k from 0.09 × 10-3 to 0.43 × 10-3 min-1, which were higher than the rate constant of a commercial Pt@Al2O3 catalyst (k = 0.09 × 10-3 min-1). Additionally, the Pt@cellulose catalyst can be used for electrochemical hydrogenation of para-nitrophenol where the hydrogen is electrocatalytically formed. The electrochemical hydrogenation is faster compared to the transfer hydrogenation (k = 0.11 min-1).

PMID:36349035 | PMC:PMC9614613 | DOI:10.1039/d2ra05507d

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