There is tremendous current interest in the generation of nano-hybrid materials using silicate mesoporous materials. We describe herein a new process for the synthesis of gold nanoparticle-amine functionalized MCM-41 hybrid materials by the spontaneous reduction of chloroaurate ions within the silicate matrix. The gold nanoparticles thus formed are bound to the pores of the MCM-41 framework by amine functional groups and show excellent catalytic activity in hydrogenation reactions.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry