Microchimica Acta

, Volume 179, Issue 1–2, pp 149–156 | Cite as

Agglomerated polymer monoliths with bimetallic nano-particles as flow-through micro-reactors

  • Patrick Floris
  • Brendan Twamley
  • Pavel N. Nesterenko
  • Brett Paull
  • Damian ConnollyEmail author
Original Paper


Polymer monoliths in capillary format have been prepared as solid supports for the immobilisation of platinum/palladium bimetallic nano-flowers. Optimum surface coverage of nano-flowers was realised by photografting the monoliths with vinyl azlactone followed by amination with ethylenediamine prior to nano-particle immobilisation. Field emission SEM imaging was used as a characterisation tool for evaluating nano-particle coverage, together with BET surface area analysis to probe the effect of nano-particle immobilisation upon monolith morphology. Ion exchange chromatography was also used to confirm the nature of the covalent attachment of nano-flowers on the monolithic surface. In addition, EDX and ICP analyses were used to quantify platinum and palladium on modified polymer monoliths. Finally the catalytic properties of immobilised bimetallic Pd/Pt nano-flowers were evaluated in flow-through mode, exploiting the porous interconnected flow-paths present in the prepared monoliths (pore diameter~1–2 μm). Specifically, the reduction of Fe (III) to Fe (II) and the oxidation of NADH to NAD+ were selected as model redox reactions. The use of a porous polymer monolith as an immobilisation substrate (rather than aminated micro-spheres) eliminated the need for a centrifugation step after the reaction.


Platinum/palladium bimetallic nanoflowers are immobilised on a porous polymer monolith for use as a flow-through microreactor


Nano-particles Agglomerated monolith Micro-reactor Flow-through catalysis 



The authors would like to thank Science Foundation Ireland (Grant number 08/SRC/B1412) for research funding under the Strategic Research Cluster programme and also for equipment funding (Grant. Number 03/IN.3/1361/EC07). Also special thanks to Dr. Dario Arrua for the assistance with BET analysis and UTAS for the use of the instrumentation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Floris
    • 1
  • Brendan Twamley
    • 2
  • Pavel N. Nesterenko
    • 3
  • Brett Paull
    • 3
  • Damian Connolly
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Irish Separation Science Cluster, National Centre for Sensor ResearchDublin City UniversityDubin 9Ireland
  2. 2.School of Chemical SciencesDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  3. 3.Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS), School of ChemistryUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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