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Probing the Catalytic Activity of Reduced Graphene Oxide Decorated with Au Nanoparticles Triggered by Visible Light

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Wang, Jiale [1] ; Trindade, Fabiane J. [1] ; de Aquino, Caroline B. [2] ; Pieretti, Joana C. [2] ; Domingues, Sergio H. [2] ; Ando, Romulo A. [1] ; Camargo, Pedro H. C. [1]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim, Dept Quim Fundamental, BR-05508000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Prebiteriana Mackenzie, MackGraphe Graphene & Nanomat Res Ctr, BR-01302907 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL; v. 21, n. 27, p. 9889-9894, JUN 26 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 9

Hybrid materials in which reduced graphene oxide (rGO) is decorated with Au nanoparticles (rGO-Au NPs) were obtained by the in situ reduction of GO and AuCl4(aq)- by ascorbic acid. On laser excitation, rGO could be oxidized as a result of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) excitation in the Au NPs, which generates activated O-2 through the transfer of SPR-excited hot electrons to O-2 molecules adsorbed from air. The SPR-mediated catalytic oxidation of p-amino-thiophenol (PATP) to p,p'-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) was then employed as a model reaction to probe the effect of rGO as a support for Au NPs on their SPR-mediated catalytic activities. The increased conversion of PATP to DMAB relative to individual Au NPs indicated that charge-transfer processes from rGO to Au took place and contributed to improved SPR-mediated activity. Since the transfer of electrons from Au to adsorbed O-2 molecules is the crucial step for PATP oxidation, in addition to the SPR-excited hot electrons of Au NPs, the transfer of electrons from rGO to Au contributed to increasing the electron density of Au above the Fermi level and thus the Au-to-O-2 charge-transfer process. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/19861-6 - Controlled metal nanomaterials for catalysis applications
Grantee:Pedro Henrique Cury Camargo
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/50259-8 - Graphene: photonics and opto-electronics: UPM-NUS collaboration
Grantee:Antonio Helio de Castro Neto
Support type: Research Projects - SPEC Program
FAPESP's process: 13/05709-8 - Palladium, silver-palladium, and Palladium-Platinum nanomaterials: maneuvering shape, composition, and structure for catalytic applications
Grantee:Jiale Wang
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate