Catalysis Letters

, Volume 149, Issue 12, pp 3328–3337 | Cite as

Diamine-Decorated Graphene Oxide with Immobilized Gold Nanoparticles of Small Size for Alkenes Epoxidation with H2O2

  • Weiguo ZhengEmail author
  • Haining Hu
  • Yaju ChenEmail author
  • Rong Tan
  • Donghong Yin


Diamine-decorated graphene oxide (NH2-GO) is successfully synthesized by covalently intercalated ethanediamines into the flat planes and edge of the GO sheet. The diamines could be act as buffer layer, thereby avoiding the stacking of graphene sheets, and offer abundant metal-chelating sites to subsequently obtain well-dispersed metal nanoparticles of small size. After the in situ reduction and deposition of AuNPs, it was found that the Au particle size of Au0.9%@NH2-GO estimated to be around 2–5 nm. The as-prepared GO-supported small AuNPs exhibited good catalytic performance for the heterogeneous epoxidation of alkenes with H2O2 under mild conditions. Notably, they presented good expansibility for either bulky or less bulky alkenes in this reaction, owing to the facilitated efficiency of mass transfer of substrates and products resulted from the supporting effect of intercalated diamines and high surface area of GO. Moreover, these heterogeneous catalysts could be readily recovered and recycled for five times with the remained activity and selectivity.

Graphic Abstract

Gold nanoparticles of small size immobilized on the diamine-decorated graphene oxide has been developed, which employed as an efficient, universal and reusable catalyst for the epoxidation of alkenes using H2O2 as an oxidant.


Graphene oxide Gold nanoparticles Heterogeneous catalysis Epoxidation 



The project was financially supported by the Scientific Research Project of Education Department of Hunan Province (Grant No. 16C1083) and the Doctoral Scientific Research Start-up Project of Hunan University of Arts and Science.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemistry and Materials EngineeringHunan University of Arts and ScienceChangdePeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of ChemistryGuangdong University of Petrochemical TechnologyMaomingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.National & Local Joint Engineering Laboratory for New Petro-chemical Materials and Fine Utilization of Resources, Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education)Hunan Normal UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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