Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 599–611 | Cite as

Facile synthesis of monodispersed Pd nanocatalysts decorated on graphene oxide for reduction of nitroaromatics in aqueous solution

  • Kaiqiang Zhang
  • Kootak Hong
  • Jun Min Suh
  • Tae Hyung Lee
  • Ohkyung Kwon
  • Mohammadreza ShokouhimehrEmail author
  • Ho Won JangEmail author


We synthesized the reproducible heterogeneous catalyst of graphene oxide (GO)-supported palladium nanoparticles (NPs) via a simple and green process. The structure, morphology and physicochemical properties of the synthesized heterogeneous catalyst were characterized by the latest techniques such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning TEM, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The GO-supported Pd NPs (Pd/GO nanocatalyst) exhibited excellent catalytic activity for the reduction of nitroaromatics to aminoaromatics in aqueous sodium borohydride. The nitroaromatics were converted to corresponding aminoaromatics with high yields (up to 99%) using Pd/GO nanocatalyst in aqueous solution. The hybrid heterogeneous catalyst showed 83% of conversion after six cycles in the reduction of nitrobenzene to aminobenzene. These features ensured the high catalytic activity of the introduced graphene oxide supported Pd nanocatalysts.

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Graphene oxide Nanocatalyst Nitroaromatic Palladium Reduction 



This research was financially supported by the New and Renewable Energy Core Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20143030031430). This work also supported in part by the Energy Efficiency and Resources Core Technology Program of the KETEP granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20152020106100).

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The Authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaiqiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Kootak Hong
    • 1
  • Jun Min Suh
    • 1
  • Tae Hyung Lee
    • 1
  • Ohkyung Kwon
    • 2
  • Mohammadreza Shokouhimehr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ho Won Jang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Institute of Advanced MaterialsSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.National Instrumentation Center for Environmental ManagementSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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