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Prof. Chun Mao’s work has been published in the journal of SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Fabrication of Sesame Sticks-like Silver Nanoparticles/Polystyrene Hybridnanotubes and Their Catalytic Effects
Peng, F (Peng, Fang)[ 1 ] ; Wang, Q (Wang, Qi)[ 1 ] ; Shi, RJ (Shi, Rongjia)[ 1 ] ; Wang, ZY (Wang, Zeyi)[ 1 ] ; You, X (You, Xin)[ 1 ] ; Liu, YH (Liu, Yuhong)[ 1 ] ; Wang, FH (Wang, Fenghe)[ 2 ]* ; Gao, J (Gao, Jay)[ 3 ] ; Mao, C (Mao, Chun)[ 1 ]*

[ 1 ] Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Chem & Mat Sci, Natl & Local Joint Engn Res Ctr Biomed Funct Mat, Jiangsu Key Lab Biofunct Mat, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
[ 2 ] Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Environm, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
[ 3 ] Univ Auckland, Sch Environm, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand


A novel and efficient catalyst is one of the goals in the material field, and the involvement of nanoscience and technology has brought new vigor to the development of catalyst. This research aimed to develop a simple two-step route to fabricate Fe3O4@ PS/PDA-Ag hybridnanotubes with size-controllable and highly dispersed silver nanoparticles (NPs). First, Fe3O4@ PS nanotubes of a sound mechanical property were prepared using polystyrene (PS)/toluene solution containing highly dispersed oleic acid modified Fe3O4 particles in a commercial AAO template. Next, the facile technique was used to form in situ silver NPs on the surface of magnetic PS (Fe3O4@ PS) nanotubes through dopamine coating. The catalytic effects of the prepared Fe3O4@ PS/PDA-Ag hybridnanotubes with highly dispersed AgNPs were characterized using a range of analytical methods, including transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, UV-Visible spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. It was found that such prepared Fe3O4@ PS/PDA-Ag hybridnanotubes had a large specific surface area. They possessed excellent activities in catalyzing the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4 in the aqueous phase. Furthermore, they were readily separated from fluid and retrieved by an external magnet. Their catalyst activity and recyclability demonstrated that this approach we proposed had the potential to become a new idea and route for catalytic platform.