Ultra-Small Platinum Nanoparticles with High Catalytic Selectivity Synthesized by an Eco-friendly Method Supported on Natural Hydroxyapatite

  • S. A. Gama-Lara
  • R. NatividadEmail author
  • A. R. Vilchis-Nestor
  • Rafael López-Castañares
  • I. García-Orozco
  • María G. Gonzalez-Pedroza
  • Raúl A. Morales-LuckieEmail author


The biosynthesis of Pt-nanoparticles (Pt NPs) supported on bovine bone powder was conducted by an environmentally friendly method that consists on immersing bovine bone powder into a Pt4+ metal ion solution at room temperature, atmospheric pressure and subsequent reduction by Heterotheca inuloides. It is worth pointing out that a calcination process is not required for the synthesis of this catalyst by the method reported herein. The nanocomposite was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which revealed uniformly dispersed platinum nanoparticles with quasi-spherical form and average particle size of 7.1 nm. The XPS studies exhibited the presence of 47.62% Pt° and 51.84% PtO. The catalyst activity was tested in the selective hydrogenation of 2-butyne-1,4-diol towards 2-butene-1,4-diol. The nanocomposite exhibits a reasonable catalytic performance with nearly 100% conversion of the alkyne and 96% selectivity towards 2-butene-1,4-diol.

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Platinum nanoparticles Green nanosynthesis Bionanotechnology Heterotheca inuloides Selective catalyst 



We thank Dr. Gustavo López-Téllez (CCIQS, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) for assistance in XPS studies and Citlalit Martínez for technical support. S.A. Gama-Lara acknowledges CONACYT financial support to conduct postgraduate studies. CONACYT Project 269093 is also acknowledged.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Gama-Lara
    • 2
  • R. Natividad
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. R. Vilchis-Nestor
    • 1
  • Rafael López-Castañares
    • 3
  • I. García-Orozco
    • 3
  • María G. Gonzalez-Pedroza
    • 4
  • Raúl A. Morales-Luckie
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de MéxicoTolucaMexico
  2. 2.Universidad del Valle de MéxicoMetepecMexico
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Investigación y Desarrollo de Materiales Avanzados Facultad de QuímicaUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de MéxicoTolucaMexico
  4. 4.Doctorado en Ciencia de Materiales de la Facultad de QuímicaUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de MéxicoTolucaMexico

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