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The Effect of oxygen defects on Activity of Au/ZnO Catalyst in Low Temperature Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol

  • R. Shidpour (a1) (a2), M. Vossoughi (a1) (a3) and A.R. Simchi (a1) (a4)

Abstract

Gold nanoparticles supported on ZnO nanostructures were prepared through a simple chemical-thermal method and characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD and photo luminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Effect of annealing temperature on catalytic activity of these Au/ZnO nanocatalysts were investigated by aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The results indicated that the catalyst with ZnO nanowire support annealed at 300 °C exhibited more activity than Au/ZnO catalyst supported on ZnO nanoparticles annealed at 600 °C. The Au/ZnO-nanowire achieved to increase the benzaldehyde selectivity and yield to 93.7 % and 85.6 %, respectively, at 60 °C whereas in Au/ZnO-nanoparticle the benzaldehyde selectivity and yield to 85.1 % and 69.9 %, respectively at 80 °C. The XRD and PL spectroscopy revealed that the supports have interstitial zinc (Zni), oxygen vacancy (Vo-2 ) defects definitely but there is no evidence for interstitial oxygen (Oi) and zinc vacancy (VZn) defects and single ionized charged oxygen vacancy (Vo- ).

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The Effect of oxygen defects on Activity of Au/ZnO Catalyst in Low Temperature Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol

  • R. Shidpour (a1) (a2), M. Vossoughi (a1) (a3) and A.R. Simchi (a1) (a4)

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