Synthesis of Fe3O4 and Pt nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide and their use as a recyclable catalyst

Shixin Wu, Qiyuan He, Chunmei Zhou, Xiaoying Qi, Xiao Huang, Zongyou Yin, Yanhui Yang, Hua Zhang
Nanoscale 2012 April 7, 4 (7): 2478-83
A bifunctional Fe(3)O(4)-Pt/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composite, i.e. Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles (~4.8 nm in size) and Pt nanoparticles (~5 nm in size) loaded on a rGO surface, has been synthesized. It shows great catalytic performance for the reduction of methylene blue. Recycling of the composite can be achieved by simply applying an external magnetic field. In addition, the Fe(3)O(4)-Pt/rGO composite exhibits a higher catalytic activity and selectivity for aqueous-phase aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol than does the FeO(x)-Pt on carbon nanotubes (i.e. FeO(x)-Pt/CNT composite). Moreover, the approach for the synthesis of Fe(3)O(4)-Pt/rGO composite is simple, and can be widely employed to produce other rGO-based composites with special properties. Our work indicates that the rGO-based bifunctional composite has great potential for practical applications in various fields, such as catalytic reaction, electrochemical sensing, clean energy, etc.

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