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Journal of Nanophotonics

Fluorescence measurement of benzene to cyclohexane conversion catalyzed by carbon nanotube-supported platinum nanoparticles
Author(s): Byunghoon Yoon; Chrystal N. Sheaff; DeLyle Eastwood; Chien M. Wai
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Paper Abstract

Carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported Pt nanoparticles with an average diameter of 3.8 {plus minus} 0.7 nm are synthesized using water-in-hexane microemulsion as a template. The Pt nanoparticles are distributed evenly on the outside surface of every CNT and exhibit high catalytic activities for hydrogenation reactions including conversion of benzene to cyclohexane. The kinetics of the conversion of benzene to cyclohexane catalyzed by the CNT-supported Pt catalyst was studied by proton NMR and by fluorescence, which is a good way of monitoring the decrease of benzene concentration in the system. The catalytic hydrogenation process follows a zero order reaction with a rate constant of 1.16 × 10-3 mole/h for neat benzene and 3.58 × 10-3 mole/h for benzene dissolved in ethanol.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2007
PDF: 7 pages
J. Nanophoton. 1(1) 013508 doi: 10.1117/1.2713042
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 1, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Byunghoon Yoon, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Chrystal N. Sheaff, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
DeLyle Eastwood, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Chien M. Wai, Univ. of Idaho (United States)


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