Design of a high-performance catalyst for CO oxidation: Au nanoparticles confined in mesoporous aluminosilicate

Jun Hong Liu, Yu Shan Chi, Hong Ping Lin, Chung Yuan Mou, Ben Zu Wan

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Au nanoparticles embedded within mesoporous aluminosilicate particles have been prepared and used as catalyst for CO oxidation. In the presence of C 16TMAB, a stable aqueous solution of Au nanoparticles-surfactant without apparent aggregations was obtained by chemical reduction. After combining with aluminosilicates in an alkaline solution, the Au nanoparticles were mostly embedded within the mesoporous aluminosilicate particles, and the maximum loading of Au nanoparticle can reach around 36wt.%. The diameter of Au nanoparticles in mesoporous aluminosilicates are <10nm after calcination at 560°C under air. In this research, the quaternary ammonium surfactants serve as dual function agents, protecting agent for Au nanoparticle and templates for mesoporous silica. When the mesoporous aluminosilicate supports are in micron-size, the highest CO conversion is only about 16% over the catalyst with gold loading, Au/SiO2 = 8%. The conversion decreases to nearly zero at higher gold loadings due to extensive pore blocking. Reducing the dimension of mesoporous aluminosilicates to tens of nanometers makes the Au nanoparticles more accessible for CO oxidation, and the highest CO conversion reaches 70% over the catalyst with gold loading, Au/SiO2 = 24wt.%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Today
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventSelections from the Presentations of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Congress - Dalian, China
Duration: Oct 12 2003Oct 12 2003


  • Au nanoparticle
  • CO oxidation
  • Catalysis
  • Mesoporous silica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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