Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticle Precursors to Supported Platinum Catalysts

Huifang Lang, R. Alan May, Brianna L. Iversen, Bert D. Chandler

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In this contribution, we report the successful preparation of supported metal catalysts using dendrimer-encapsulated Pt nanoparticles as metal precursors. Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers were first used to template and stabilize Pt nanoparticles prepared in solution. These dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles were then deposited onto a commercial high surface area silica support and thermally activated to remove the organic dendrimer. The resulting materials are active oxidation and hydrogenation catalysts. The effects of catalyst preparation and activation on activity for toluene hydrogenation and CO oxidation catalysis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14832-14836
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number48
StatePublished - Dec 3 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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