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Transition metal nanoparticles of Ni, Pd, Ru and Au, each of them stabilized by a suitable capping agent, were dispersed on the surface of few-layer black phosphorus (2D BP) achieving new nanocomposite 2D materials. Ni nanoparticles supported on 2D BP worked successfully in the hydrogenation of phenylacetylene, showing good catalytic activity preserved after recycling tests. These results highlight that 2D BP is able to stabilize metal nanoparticles through weak noncovalent interactions and disclose a wide application of 2D BP as a hosting platform for catalytically active metal species. Subjects: Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics (cond-mat. mes-hall); Materials Science (cond-mat. mtrl-sci); Chemical Physics (physics. chem-ph)
Publication date: 
16 Sep 2016

Maria Caporali, Manuel Serrano-Ruiz, Francesca Telesio, Stefan Heun, Giuseppe Nicotra, Corrado Spinella, Stefano Caporali, Maurizio Peruzzini

Biblio References: 
arXiv preprint arXiv:1609.05010