Porous Composites Embedded With Cu and Co Nanoparticles for Efficient Catalytic Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol

Heewoong Shin, Sojin Oh, Hyeji Jun, Moonhyun Oh

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The preparation of catalytically active composites consisting of a porous support and metal nanocatalysts is vital for the development of efficient catalytic systems. In particular, the development of porous composites containing inexpensive metal nanocatalysts instead of expensive noble metals is of great importance. Herein, we report the preparation of porous composites consisting of porous carbon (PC) or a zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) as a support material, along with inexpensive Cu and Co as nanocatalysts. A composite of ZIF-67 and metallic Cu nanoparticles (Cu@ZIF-67) was produced from the simple thermal treatment of Cu2+-incorporating ZIF-67 (ZIF-67/Cu2+) at 450°C. However, the high-temperature pyrolysis of ZIF-67/Cu2+ at 800°C resulted in a PC-based composite containing metallic Cu and Co nanoparticles (Cu,Co@PC). The resulting Cu@ZIF-67 and Cu,Co@PC samples exhibited efficient catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Korean Chemical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (nos. NRF‐2017R1A2B3007271).

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© 2020 Korean Chemical Society, Seoul & Wiley-VCH GmbH

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