3D graphene/nylon rope as a skeleton for noble metal nanocatalysts for highly efficient heterogeneous continuous-flow reactions

Sai Zhang, Xuetao Shen, Zhiping Zheng, Yuanyuan Ma, Yongquan Qu

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Continuous-flow catalytic systems represent a highly efficient approach towards scalable synthesis with features of time and energy saving, easy operation, and improved safety. Herein, we rationally design a novel 3D noble metal/graphene/nylon rope to act as a highly efficient catalyst for continuous-flow organic reactions. We show that different noble metal (Pd, Pt, Au and Ag) nanocatalysts and graphene can be readily assembled with the chemically inert nylon rope by a one-step hydrothermal method. Graphene, acting as the interconnector for noble metal nanoparticles and the nylon rope, increases the flexibility and mechanical strength of rope-like catalysts and improves the catalytic activity and stability of the noble metal species. The large voids within the noble metal/graphene/nylon rope catalysts, under optimized reaction conditions, ensure the sufficient chemical transfer for the continuous-flow system. The high catalytic activity and stability of rope catalysts are demonstrated by the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction (SMC) and 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction. Pd/graphene/nylon rope catalysts show a high turnover number of 965 mol h<sup>-1</sup> mol<inf>Pd</inf><sup>-1</sup>, a large productivity of 1385 mg h<sup>-1</sup> mg<inf>Pd</inf><sup>-1</sup> at a flow rate of 70 mL h<sup>-1</sup>, and a remarkable stability for continuous-flow SMC reactions. Such a novel minifluidic system integrated with 3D noble metal/graphene/nylon rope catalysts can be extended to many important chemical reactions. This journal is

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10504-10511
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 21 2015
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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