Fabrication of two-dhviensional and three-deviensional platinum nanoclusters to serve as high technology catalysts - catalyts capable of 100% reaction selectivity

G. A. Somorjai, R. M. Rioux, J. Grunes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

4 Scopus citations


Electron beam lithography and photolithography, followed by size reduction lithography, are carried out to produce two-dimensional nanostructures in the 1-100 nanometer range. The development of size reduction lithography in Berkeley permits parallel formation of 1011 nanowires to provide 1 cm2 surface area nanocluster catalyst that can be used in model studies of catalytic activity and selectivity for comparison with single crystal surfaces. Electron beam lithography, a series preparation technique can only produce 109 nanoparticles or 1 mm2 metal surface area after one day. In most cases, active surface areas of 1 cm2 or more are required for reaction selectivity studies. We shall review the fabrication, cleaning, and characterization of these two-dimensional nanostructure catalysts and their performance in hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions, using ethylene and cyclohexene. The metal-oxide interface may be important for several of the catalytic processes that were studied. Three-dimensional nanoclusters with 1015 nanoparticles are prepared by stabilization of the nanoclusters on an inorganic mesoporous support. The large metal content coupled with the high surface-to-volume ratio of nanoclusters leads to 1 m2 of metal surface area. Monodispersed platinum nanoparticles are prepared by alcohol reduction methods and then encapsulated in mesoporous silica, which is prepared by a hydrothermal reaction in the same aqueous solution. The encapsulated particles are reduced to the metallic state, making them active for catalysis. A second synthetic method produces well dispersed nanoclusters on mesoporous silica using a two-step method and Iow power sonication to facilitate nanocluster diffusion into the silica channels. Twe-dimensional and three dimensional nanoclusters which possess controlled spacing and monodispersed metallic nanoclusters, respectively, provide the opportunity to develop green catalysts that demonstrate 100% reaction selectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClusters and Nano-Assemblies
Subtitle of host publicationPhysical and Biological Systems: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A., 10-13 November, 2003
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789812701879
ISBN (Print)9812563318, 9789812563316
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Fabrication of two-dhviensional and three-deviensional platinum nanoclusters to serve as high technology catalysts - catalyts capable of 100% reaction selectivity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this