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Bimetallic Au/Ag nanorods embedded in functionalized silicate sol–gel matrix as an efficient catalyst for nitrobenzene reduction

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Bimetallic Au/Ag nanorods embedded in functionalized silicate sol–gel matrix as an efficient catalyst for nitrobenzene reduction
Abstract

•Bimetallic Au/Ag nanorods embedded in silicate sol–gel matrix were synthesized.•Catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene at Au/Ag silicate sol–gel nanorods was carried out.•Electrocatalytic reduction of nitrobenzene at Au/Ag silicate sol–gel nanorods modified electrode was carried out.•Synergistic effect of bimetallic Au/Ag silicate sol–gel nanorods is highlighted.

A simple method for the preparation of bimetallic gold/silver nanorods embedded in amine functionalized silicate sol–gel matrix (Au/Ag–TPDT NRs) in aqueous medium and their application towards the catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene is reported. The Au/Ag–TPDT NRs are prepared by using N1-[3-trimethoxysilyl)propyl]diethylene triamine (TPDT) as a reducing as well as stabilizing agent. The catalytic activity of the Au/Ag–TPDT NRs is evaluated by studying the catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline upon the addition of NaBH4 in an aqueous solution. The Au/Ag–TPDT NRs was found to be a good catalyst when compared to the Au–TPDT NRs and Au NRs for the reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline at room temperature. The enhanced catalytic activity of Au/Ag–TPDT NRs is due to the synergistic effect of Au and Ag present in the bimetallic Au/Ag–TPDT NRs. The reaction rate constants (k) are estimated to be 0.4050, 0.2515 and 0.1235 min−1 for Au/Ag–TPDT NRs, Au–TPDT NRs and Au NRs, respectively. The electrocatalytic reduction of nitrobenzene at pH 7 using the Au/Ag–TPDT NRs modified electrode is also investigated and compared with the Au–TPDT NRs. The higher electrocatalytic activity of Au/Ag–TPDT NRs is due to the synergistic effect of Au and Ag present in the bimetallic Au/Ag–TPDT NRs. The results of the study demonstrate that the Au/Ag–TPDT NRs are efficient catalyst for the catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene.

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Keywords
Bimetallic nanorods; Silicate sol–gel; Catalysis; Nitrobenzene
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 470, 30 January 2014, Pages 369–375
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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