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Platinum Metals Rev., 2010, 54, (3), 194


ABSTRACTS: July 2010



Pausing a Stir: Heterogeneous Catalysis in Dry Water

B. O. Carter, D. J. Adams and A. I. Cooper, Green Chem., 2010, 12, (5), 783–785


Dry water (DW) is a H2O-in-air inverse foam, formed by mixing H2O with hydrophobic silica particles (H18, Wacker Chemie) in a blender. This produces a free-flowing powder with ≤99% H2O, comprising H2O microdroplets where coalescence is prevented by a silica coating. Free-flowing DW-like powder 1 was prepared by blending an aqueous solution of maleic acid with H18 (5 wt% based on water) and 5 wt% Ru/Al2O3 catalyst. Hydrogenation to succinic acid was carried out by pressurising 1 with H2 (20.7 bar) in a stainless steel autoclave. No stirring was used. The reaction was heated to 70°C prior to introduction of H2.

Separation of Different Metathesis Grubbs-Type Catalysts Using Organic Solvent Nanofiltration

P. van der Gryp, A. Barnard, J.-P. Cronje, D. de Vlieger, S. Marx and H. C. M. Vosloo, J. Membrane Sci., 2010, 353, (1–2), 70–77


A coupled reaction–separation process was used for the metathesis of 1-octene to 7-tetradecene and ethene. Grubbs-type Ru-based catalysts and the STARMEM series (active polyimide surfaces) of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membranes were used. STARMEM 228 membrane separated the catalysts from their post-reaction mixtures to below 9 ppm of Ru. The coupled reaction–separation and recycling process increased the TON from 1400 for a single-pass reaction to 5500 for the overall consecutive reaction–separation steps of four cycles.


Effect of Cobalt Oxide on Performance of Pd Catalysts for Lean-Burn Natural Gas Vehicles in the Presence and Absence of Water Vapor

E. Long, X. Zhang, Y. Li, Z. Liu, Y. Wang, M. Gong and Y. Chen, J. Nat. Gas Chem., 2010, 19, (2), 134–138


Pd-based catalysts modified by Co were prepared by co-impregnation and sequential impregnation methods. The activity of the catalysts was tested in a simulated exhaust gas from lean-burn NGVs. The PdCo/La-Al2O3 catalyst prepared by co-impregnation exhibited the best water-resistant performance. XPS analysis indicated that both CoAl2O4 and Co3O4 were present. For the catalyst prepared by sequential impregnation, the ratio of CoAl2O4:Co3O4 was higher than that of the catalyst prepared by co-impregnation.


Recycling of Membrane Electrode Assembly of PEMFC by Acid Processing

F. Xu, S. Mu and M. Pan, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, (7), 2976–2979


PEMFC catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) were dipped into H2SO4 until a transparent solution composed of Pt and Nafion perfluorosulfonic acid resin was formed. The membrane was dissolved, and the amorphous C catalyst support nanoparticles were oxidised. Subsequently, ∼95% Pt and almost all the Nafion were recovered by centrifugal separation. The fuel cell performance of the recycled Nafion was close to that of virgin Nafion.

Experimental Validation of the “EasyTest Cell” Operational Principle for Autonomous MEA Characterization

I. Radev, G. Topalov, E. Slavcheva, E. Lefterova, G. Tsotridis and U. Schnakenberg, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, (6), 2428–2435


The “EasyTest Cell” was validated by comparative electrochemical tests on MEAs in conventional PEMFC and PEM water electrolyser testing cells and the EasyTest Cell. The electrodes investigated were magnetron sputtered C/Ti/IrOx (IrOx 0.12–0.4 mg cm−2) and C/Ti/IrOx /Pt/IrOx (IrOx 0.08/Pt 0.06/IrOx 0.08 mg cm−2); C/Ti/Pt (0.15 and 0.25 mg cm−2) sputtered at various Ar pressures; and E-TEK ELAT® electrode (V.21, Pt loading 0.5 mg cm−2). It is reported that the results demonstrate the reliability, simplicity and experimental possibilities of the EasyTest Cell.

Synthesis by Spray Pyrolysis of Mesoporous NbRuyOz as Electrocatalyst Supports in Fuel Cells

D. A. Konopka, S. Pylypenko, P. Atanassov and T. L. Ward, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2010, 2, (1), 86–95


Spray pyrolysis was used to produce mesoporous powders of niobium oxide and niobium oxide with 12% Ru (by wt of metals). The NbOx and NbRuyOz powders exhibited spherical particle morphology with internal mesoporosity introduced by surfactant templating, providing surface areas of 183 and 167 m2 g−1, respectively, after post-processing that included an acid etch and calcination. The electrical resistance of NbRuyOz was reduced by ∼5 orders of magnitude relative to NbOx. CV showed that NbRuyOz has activity for MeOH oxidation in basic solutions.


Melt Growth of ZnO Bulk Crystals in Ir Crucibles

K. Jacobs, D. Schulz, D. Klimm and S. Ganschow, Solid State Sci., 2010, 12, (3), 307–310


The thermochemical properties of ZnO make the growing of crystals difficult as it has a high melting point (Tm = 1975°C) and undergoes thermal decomposition upon heating. The use of Ir crucibles is necessary. A thermodynamic analysis of melt growth of ZnO bulk crystals showed that the O2 partial pressure in the surrounding vapour phase should be as low as possible during the heating cycle at lower temperatures in order to avoid Ir oxidation. Approaching the ZnO melting point, however, higher O2 pressure is required to suppress ZnO decomposition. The required increase in O2 supply with increasing temperature can be accomplished by the addition of CO2 to the gas atmosphere. Experimental results confirmed these predictions.


Surface Characterization of Palladium-Alumina Sorbents for High-Temperature Capture of Mercury and Arsenic from Fuel Gas

J. P. Baltrus, E. J. Granite, H. W. Pennline, D. Stanko, H. Hamilton, L. Rowsell, S. Poulston, A. Smith and W. Chu, Fuel, 2010, 89, (6), 1323–1325


The interactions leading to the capture of Hg and As from fuel gas by Pd/Al2O3 sorbents were investigated. The adsorption of Hg is favoured by lower temperatures while As adsorption is favoured at 204–371°C. The relative adsorption of Hg is suppressed in the presence of an excess of As. H2S in the fuel gas moderately inhibits the adsorption of As while enhancing the adsorption of Hg. These differences in adsorption affinity of the Pd/Al2O3 sorbent can be overcome by adjusting the length and temperature of the adsorption bed.

Time and Frequency Domain Analysis of Hydrogen Permeation across PdCu Metallic Membranes for Hydrogen Purification

C. Decaux, R. Ngameni, D. Solas, S. Grigoriev and P. Millet, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, (10), 4883–4892


The kinetics of H permeation across 20 μm-thick Pd0.47Cu0.53 membranes have been investigated. The permeation mechanism was established to include surface chemisorption of molecular H2 (upstream side of the membrane), H diffusion across bulk regions, H recombination (downstream side) and evolution of H2. Diffusion-controlled transport of H across the membrane is rate-determining. However, the value of the H diffusion coefficient does not rise exponentially with operating temperature (40–400°C). At temperatures as low as 300°C, new rate limitations appear; they are attributed to recrystallisation and/or phase transformation processes induced by temperature and the presence of H2.


Sputtered Amorphous Co–Pt–P Thin Films for Soft Underlayer of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording

B. Yang, G. W. Qin, W. L. Pei, Y. P. Ren and N. Xiao, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 2010, 322, (13), 1854–1858


Amorphous Co-Pt-P thin films fabricated by DC sputtering were investigated by XRD and vibrating sample magnetometry. The maximum permeability of the Co-12 at% Pt-P films sputtered at RT was quite low when the P content was < 5.2 at%, but a Co-12 at% Pt-7 at% P thin film 1 was amorphous and had a permeability of ∼500. 1 had excellent soft magnetic properties with maximum permeability of 500, coercivity of 18 Oe and saturation magnetisation of 760 emu cm−3. 1 was gradually crystallised with increasing substrate temperatures; the crystallisation temperature was ∼200°C.

Pd-Doped Sn–Ag–Cu–In Solder Material for High Drop/Shock Reliability

A-M. Yu, J.-K. Kim, J.-H. Lee and M.-S. Kim, Mater. Res. Bull., 2010, 45, (3), 359–361


Pd was selected as a minor alloying element in a new Sn-1.2Ag-0.7Cu-0.4In solder alloy. Bar solder was made for the tensile test, and solder balls were made for the rod drop impact test. The tensile properties and drop/shock reliability of Sn-1.2Ag-0.7Cu-0.4In-0.03Pd, 1, were compared with those of Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu and Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu. The UTS, yield strength and elongation of 1 were superior to those of the other alloys tested. 1 exhibited outstanding drop/shock reliability.


Electrochemical Immunoassay for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin Based on Pt Hollow Nanospheres and Silver/Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposite Matrix

H. Yang, R. Yuan, Y. Chai, Y. Zhuo and H. Su, J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol., 2010, 85, (4), 577–582


An electrochemical immunosensor for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) assay has been developed. Ag nanoparticles were doped into TiO2 and chitosan colloids to form Ag–TiO2–chitosan nanocomposites. The free amino groups of chitosan were used to attach Pt hollow nanospheres for immobilisation of hCG. Optimal response of the immunosensor was achieved at pH 6.5 and 25°C with an incubation time of 40 min. The immunosensor exhibited a linear range from 0.5 to 250 mIU ml−1 hCG with a detection limit of 0.26 mIU ml at 3× background noise.

A Photo-Caged Platinum(II) Complex That Increases Cytotoxicity upon Light Activation

K. L. Ciesienski, L. M. Hyman, D. T. Yang, K. L. Haas, M. G. Dickens, R. J. Holbrook and K. J. Franz, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2010, (15), 2224–2228


The Pt(II) photocaged complex, [Pt(cage)], 1, contains a photolabile nitrophenyl group incorporated into the backbone of a tetradentate ligand that contains two pyridyl and two amide nitrogen donor sites. Activation of 1 with UV light cleaves the ligand backbone, releasing a Pt(II) complex, 2, that more readily exchanges its ligands. 1 is non-toxic to human breast cancer MCF-7 cells in the dark, whereas brief UV exposure induces cell death of MCF-7 cells at a level approaching that of cisplatin.


Platinum-Nanoparticle-Loaded Bismuth Oxide: an Efficient Plasmonic Photocatalyst Active under Visible Light

R. Li, W. Chen, H. Kobayashi and C. Ma, Green Chem., 2010, 12, (2), 212–215


Bi2O3 loaded with Pt nanoparticles was prepared via a simple photoreduction method. Pt/Bi2O3 was shown to act as a photocatalyst for the decomposition of the pollutants acetaldehyde, formaldehyde and methanol under visible light. The positive conduction band level of Bi2O3, which is able to transfer plasmon-induced electrons from the Pt nanoparticles, plays an important role in the catalytic properties of Pt/Bi2O3.

Artificial Inorganic Leafs for Efficient Photochemical Hydrogen Production Inspired by Natural Photosynthesis

H. Zhou, X. Li, T. Fan, F. E. Osterloh, J. Ding, E. M. Sabio, D. Zhang and Q. Guo, Adv. Mater., 2010, 22, (9), 951–956


Artificial inorganic leaves were developed by organising light harvesting, photoinduced charge separation and catalysis modules (Pt/N-TiO2) into leaf-shaped hierarchical structures using natural leaves as biotemplates. The TiO2 catalyst is doped with nitrogen originating from the plant. Pt nanoparticles were grown on the surface of the artificial inorganic leaf (AIL)-TiO2 by irradiating AIL-TiO2 in 20% aqueous MeOH containing 2 wt% H2PtCl6·6H2O. The enhanced light-harvesting and photocatalytic water-splitting activities exhibited are due to the reproduction of the leaves’ complex structures and self-doping with N.


Electrochemical Preparation and Characterization of Thin Deposits of Pd-Noble Metal Alloys

M. Lukaszewski and A. Czerwinski, Thin Solid Films, 2010, 518, (14), 3680–3689


The electrochemical deposition of Pd-Au, Pd-Pt, Pd-Rh and Pd-Pt-Rh from chloride solutions is described. These deposits were characterised electrochemically in H2SO4 solutions by CV. The surface morphology of the alloys was examined by SEM and STM. The alloy surface composition was investigated in situ by an electrochemical method and ex situ by AES, while the bulk composition was determined by EDX analysis and AAS.