A Seed-Mediated Approach for the Preparation of Modified Heterogeneous Catalysts

Abstract : Colloidal chemistry is very efficient in providing nanocrystals of well controlled structural characteristics. While nanoparticles are essential components of heterogeneous catalysts, colloidal methods rarely employed for their preparation. We have employed a seed mediated growth approach for modifying the structural characteristics of a conventional cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch catalyst. The Co particles of this catalyst can play the role of seeds for the overgrowth of shape and structure controlled cobalt nanostructures using a simple wet chemical method involving a molecular cobalt precursor and stabilizing agents. Thus, cobalt nanorods exhibiting the hexagonal compact structure were selectively grown on the immobilized Co particles of a reference Co/Al2O3-SiO2 catalyst. The as obtained catalyst shows a better stability than a reference catalyst for the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. The removal of most of the ligands from the nanorod catalyst allows improving the catalyst activity while maintaining its stability. This is a proof of concept concerning the implementation of wet chemistry nanoparticle synthesis for the modification of heterogeneous catalysts.
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Justine Harmel, Adrien Berliet, Kassiogé Dembélé, Cécile Marcelot, Anne-Sophie Gay, et al.. A Seed-Mediated Approach for the Preparation of Modified Heterogeneous Catalysts. ChemCatChem, Wiley, 2018, 10 (7), pp.1614-1619. ⟨10.1002/cctc.201701860⟩. ⟨hal-01884915⟩

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