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Tuning of catalytic sites in Pt/TiO2 catalysts for chemoselective hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene

Macino, Margherita, Barnes, Alexandra J., Althahban, Sultan M., Qu, Ruiyang, Gibson, Emma K., Morgan, David J, Freakley, Simon J., Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Kiely, Christopher J., Gao, Xiang, Beale, Andrew M., Bethell, Donald, He, Qian, Meenakshisundaram, Sankar and Hutchings, Graham J. 2019. Tuning of catalytic sites in Pt/TiO2 catalysts for chemoselective hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene. Nature Catalysis 2 , pp. 873-881. 10.1038/s41929-019-0334-3

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The catalytic activities of supported metal nanoparticles can be tuned by appropriate design of synthesis strategies. Each step in a catalyst synthesis method can play an important role in preparing the most efficient catalyst. Here we report the careful manipulation of the post-synthetic heat treatment procedure—together with control over the metal loading—to prepare a highly efficient 0.2 wt% Pt/TiO2 catalyst for the chemoselective hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene. For Pt/TiO2 catalysts with 0.2 and 0.5 wt% loading levels, reduction at 450 °C induces the coverage of TiOx over Pt nanoparticles through a strong metal–support interaction, which is detrimental to their catalytic activities. However, this can be avoided by following calcination treatment with reduction (both at 450 °C), allowing us to prepare an exceptionally active catalyst. Detailed characterization has revealed that the peripheral sites at the Pt/TiO2 interface are the most likely active sites for this hydrogenation reaction

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Additional Information: Correction published, recorded at
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2520-1158
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 25 July 2019
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022 04:19

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