An Efficient Strategy to Drive Nanoparticles into Carbon Nanotubes and the Remarkable Effect of Confinement on Their Catalytic Performance


  • This work was performed under ANR PNano 2005 ANR-05-NANO-030-01. Vincent Collière is acknowledged for technical assistance in TEM imaging, and Dr. D. Gonbeau (CNRS, Pau, France) for her help in the XPS experiments.


Are you in? Bimetallic PtRu nanoparticles have been selectively confined inside or deposited outside carbon nanotubes (see picture). The confined nanoparticles display significantly higher selectivity and catalytic activity in hydrogenation reactions.

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