Synthesis and characterization of nanoreactors within polymeric nanotemplates

M. McTaggart, M. Groves, C. Malardier-Jugroot, M. Jugroot
Royal Military College of Canada, CA

Keywords: nanoclusters, nanotube, confinement, green chemistry


The paper will present a novel method for the synthesis of metal nanoclusters with diameters < 3nm within an amphiphilic nanotube template without the use of a reducing agent. This environmentally friendly synthesis occurs at neutral pH in aqueous environment within the confinement of a polymeric nanotube with an internal diameter of 2.8 nm. The synthesis and characterization of Au and Pt nanoclusters using transmission electron microscopy and X-Ray diffraction will be described. Characterization results will be extensively compared to ab initio molecular simulations of the metal clusters and its interactions under confinement. Finally, the catalytic efficiency of the nanoreactors for model reactions will be detailed.