The influence of porosity on nanoparticle formation in hierarchical aluminophosphates

Matthew E. Potter, Lauren N. Riley, Alice E. Oakley, Panashe M. Mhembere, June Callison, Robert Raja

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In this work we explore the deposition of gold onto a silicoaluminophosphate, using a variety of known nanoparticle deposition techniques. By comparing the gold particles deposited on a traditional microporous aluminophosphate, with an analogous hierarchical species, containing both micropores and mesopores, we explore the influence of this dual porosity on nanoparticle deposition. We show that the presence of mesopores has limited influence on the nanoparticle properties, but allows the system to maintain porosity after nanoparticle deposition. This will aid diffusion of reagents through the system, allowing continued access to the active sites in hierarchical systems, which offers significant potential in catalytic oxidation/reduction reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1952-1957
Number of pages6
JournalBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2019


  • Aluminophosphate
  • Catalysis
  • Hierarchical catalysts
  • Nanoparticles
  • Porosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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