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Size-Controlled Synthesis of Tetrametallic Ag@CoNiFe Core–Shell Nanoparticles Supported on Graphene: A Highly Efficient Catalyst for the Hydrolytic Dehydrogenation of Amine Boranes

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  • Lan Yang,

    1. College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (P. R. China), Tel: (+86) 2768752366
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  • Dr. Jun Su,

    1. Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430074 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Wei Luo,

    Corresponding author
    1. College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (P. R. China), Tel: (+86) 2768752366
    2. Suzhou Institute of Wuhan University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215123 (P. R. China)
    • College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (P. R. China), Tel: (+86) 2768752366===

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  • Prof. Dr. Gongzhen Cheng

    1. College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (P. R. China), Tel: (+86) 2768752366
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Abstract

Tetrametallic core–shell Ag@CoNiFe nanoparticles (NPs) supported on graphene have been synthesized by a facile one-step in situ procedure for the first time. We tuned the reducing ability of the reductants to control the structure and particle size of the as-synthesized NPs. The use of weaker reducing agents, such as ammonia borane (AB) and methylamine borane (MeAB), result in the core–shell structure, whereas the stronger reducing agent NaBH4 results in alloy NPs. The as-synthesized core–shell NPs reduced by MeAB possess a smaller particle size and exhibit a superior catalytic activity compared to the core–shell NPs reduced by AB and alloy NPs reduced by NaBH4 for the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of AB. Moreover, the turnover frequency of the as-synthesized tetrametallic core–shell NPs is 118.5 molinline image min−1 molAg−1, which is higher than that of Ag-based trimetallic, bimetallic core–shell, and alloy counterparts and even higher than that of most reported noble-metal-based NPs. Kinetic studies indicate that the catalytic hydrolysis of AB and MeAB by the Ag@CoNiFe/graphene NPs is a first-order reaction. Furthermore, the as-prepared NPs exert good catalytic activities and recycle stabilities towards the hydrolysis of AB. Additionally, the as-prepared NPs display magnetic recyclability, which makes the practical recycling of the NPs more convenient.

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