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ERIC Number: EJ832483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Synthesis and Catalytic Evaluation of Dendrimer-Encapsulated Cu Nanoparticles: An Undergraduate Experiment Exploring Catalytic Nanomaterials
Feng, Z. Vivian; Lyon, Jennifer L.; Croley, J. Sawyer; Crooks, Richard M.; Vanden Bout, David A.; Stevenson, Keith J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n3 p368-372 Mar 2009
Copper nanoparticles were synthesized using generation 4 hydroxyl-terminated (G4-OH) poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimers as templates. The synthesis is conducted by coordinating copper ions with the interior amines of the dendrimer, followed by chemical reduction to form dendrimer-encapsulated copper nanoparticles (Cu-DEN). The catalytic activities of Cu-DEN were assessed using a model reaction involving the reduction of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol with sodium borohydride. The rate constant for the catalytic activity was estimated by measuring the pseudo first-order reaction kinetics obtained by monitoring time-dependent absorbance changes of p-nitrophenol reduction at 400 nm using UV-vis spectroscopy. (Contains 4 figures and 1 scheme.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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