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Fabrication of Ruthenium–Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites in Supercritical Water

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  • This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 50472096, 20133030).

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Metal nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are expected to be efficient catalysts for several industrially important processes. Here, the successful preparation of well-dispersed Ru–CNT nanocomposites—which are subsequently demonstrated to be very active for the hydrogenation of benzene to cyclohexane—using RuCl3·H2O as the precursor is reported. The Figure shows a transmission electron microscopy image of nano- composites used four times as a catalyst.

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