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Novel Covalent Organic Nanosheets for Construction of Ultrafine and Well-dispersed Metal Nanoparticles


Developing supported ultrafine metal nanoparticles (U-MNPs) with well-dispersed and high metal content remains a significant challenge while desirable. We herein propose an effective functional covalent organic nanosheets (CONs) strategy for constructing well-dispersed U-MNPs. To illustrate this strategy, 4,7-diamino-1H-indazole (DAI) and 1,3,5-triformylphloroglucinol (TFP) are strategically chosen as precursors to construct the corresponding CON-DAI-TFP. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) clearly confirm the nanosheet structure of CON-DAI-TFP. CON-DAI-TFP is used as substrate to immobilize Pd nanoparticles (Pd-NPs). The supported Pd-NPs exhibit ultrafine, highly-dispersed, and high metal content (average size, 1.74 nm; metal content, 20.47 wt%), which is superior to many reported supported Pd-NPs. Moreover, the supported Pd-NPs show excellent catalytic activity and recyclability in a p-nitrophenol reduction reaction. In addition to Pd-NPs, this strategy can be applied to produce other U-MNPs with similar features, including Ir-NPs and Pt-NPs (1.99 nm and 17.18 wt% for Ir-NPs, 2.25 nm and 29.46 wt% for Pt-NPs), suggesting that this strategy is universal. For comparison, a bulk COF (COF-DAI-TFB), which is analogue of CON-DAI-TFP, is designed and synthesized. In contrast, many Pd-NPs are observed to lie on the surface of the COF-DAI-TFB with large sizes (average size, 17.86 nm), which is more than 10 times the size of Pd-NPs on CON-DAI-TFP. This result further confirms the significance of CONs in the preparation of well-dispersed and high-loading U-MNPs.

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12 May 2020
11 Jun 2020
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12 Jun 2020

New J. Chem., 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Novel Covalent Organic Nanosheets for Construction of Ultrafine and Well-dispersed Metal Nanoparticles

F. Lu, Y. Li, Q. Shi, C. Zhao, S. Li and S. Pang, New J. Chem., 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/D0NJ02410D

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