A facile and general preparation of high-performance noble-metal-based free-standing nanomembranes by a reagentless interfacial self-assembly strategy

Nanoscale. 2012 Nov 21;4(22):6974-80. doi: 10.1039/c2nr32275g.


As a simple and flexible 2D platform, the water-air interface is envisioned as an environmentally-friendly approach to prepare ultrathin free-standing nanomembranes (FNMs) of monolayered nanoparticles of interest via interfacial self-assembly. However, attempts so far have been rather rare due to the lack of efficient methods. In this article, we report on a facile and general strategy for fabrication of a family of noble metal-based FNMs by a simple and reagentless interfacial self-assembly tactics to prepare functional (plasmonic or catalytic) FNMs, such as Au, Ag, Pd, Pt-FNMs and their bimetallic hybrids, Ag/Au-FNMs and Pd/Pt-FNMs. The organic solvent-free process, varying somewhat from metal to metal only in precursors, reducing agents and dosage of reagents used, is found to be a general phenomenon and ligand-independent (irrespective of the monolayer quality of the resulting FNMs), allowing the growth of high-quality noble metal-based FNMs with well-defined nanoparticulate and monolayer morphology as large as several square centimeters. Heat treatment (boiling) is performed to accelerate the formation of FNMs within 15 min. More significantly, the as-prepared plasmonic Au-FNMs acting as a SERS substrate show a superior activity; whereas the resulting catalytic Pd-FNMs, except for their excellent ethanol electrooxidation performance, exhibit higher electrocatalytic activity for formic acid oxidation than commercial catalysts.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't