Silver nanoparticles-decorated polyphosphazene nanotubes: synthesis and applications

Minghuan Wang, Jianwei Fu, Dandan Huang, Chao Zhang, Qun Xu
Nanoscale 2013 September 7, 5 (17): 7913-9
Herein, we report the preparation of poly (cyclotriphosphazene-co-4,4'-sulfonyldiphenol) (PZS) nanotubes decorated with Ag nanoparticles (NPs). The PZS nanotubes have been synthesized firstly via an in situ template approach, and then Ag nanoparticles were prepared via in situ reduction of AgNO3 with NaBH4 as the reductant, supported on the surface of the PZS nanotubes. The as-obtained PZS nanotubes and PZS@Ag NPs composites were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Characterization results showed that Ag NPs with good dispersibility were well anchored onto the surface of the PZS nanotubes with superior thermal stability. In addition, the catalytic activities and reusability of these composites were investigated by employing the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) into 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4 as a model reaction.

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