Sustainable energy conversion & storage systems

A silica-based magnetic platform decorated with mixed ligand gold nanoparticles: a recyclable catalyst for esterification reactions

05 April 2016

2016 04 05 10 01 50

Elif ErtemNerea Murillo-CremaesRandy Patrick CarneyAnna LaromaineEmma-Rose JanečekAnna Roig* and  Francesco Stellacci*  
Chem. Commun., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01146B

A novel and convenient synthetic strategy for the preparation of magnetically responsive silica nanospheres decorated with mixed ligand protected gold nanoparticles is described. Gold nanoparticles are attached to the silica surface via stable amide bond formation. The hierarchical nanospheres show promising results as reusable and efficient catalysts for esterification reactions and they can be recovered through a simple magnetic separation.

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