Preparation of mesoporous TiO2-C composites as an advanced Ni catalyst support for reduction of 4-nitrophenol

Wenjun Gao, Wei Li, Zhaoteng Xue, Manas Pal, Yong Liu, Chun Wang, Jinxiu Wang, Shuai Wang, Xiaoyue Wan, Yang Liu, Dongyuan Zhao

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To overcome the aggregation and recovery problems and regulate the electronic and chemical properties of Ni nanoparticle catalysts, ordered mesoporous TiO2-C composites have been designed and synthesized as an advanced support, combined with the in situ loading and reduction of Ni nanoparticles via a multi-component co-assembly method. The resulting mesoporous Ni/TiO2-C composites exhibit a large surface area ( 340 m2 g-1), uniform pore size ( 4 nm), moderate pore volume ( 0.23 cm3 g-1), and magnetic saturation value of 5.1 emu g-1. The corresponding Ni content was varied in the range from 2 to 13 wt . More importantly, the mesoporous Ni/TiO2-C composites display high catalytic activity towards the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol with NaBH4. The maximum pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant that was obtained with mesoporous Ni/TiO2-C composites (13 wt Ni) was calculated to be 0.40 min-1, which is much higher than that with Ni/C, TiO2-C and Ni/TiO2 composites. In addition, these catalysts were found to be stable for a long time and reusable several times
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4200-4205
Number of pages6
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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