Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 22, pp 7134–7143 | Cite as

Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic application of Au/ZnO nanocomposites prepared by coprecipitation

  • B. DonkovaEmail author
  • P. VasilevaEmail author
  • D. Nihtianova
  • N. Velichkova
  • P. Stefanov
  • D. Mehandjiev
Size Dependent Effects


In this study, Au/ZnO nanocomposites of different gold contents (0.8, 2.5, and 9%) and specific surface areas (from 41 to 51 m2/g) were synthesized via a coprecipitation method. The pure ZnO was obtained at the same experimental conditions. The samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, and XPS. The influence of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) loading on the catalytic activity of Au/ZnO nanocomposite was studied in the model reaction of CO oxidation. Spherical shape and homogeneous distribution of Au-NPs were observed in all samples prepared. The average size of Au-NPs in the obtained catalysts are almost the same (about 4 nm) allowing the studied effect to be manifested. The decrease of intrinsic catalytic activity of the coprecipitated Au/ZnO nanocomposites follows the sequence 2.5, 9, and 0.8% Au, as corresponding to the decrease of relative surface content of Au-NPs. It could be suggested that the catalytic activity is noticeably influenced by the distribution of Au-NPs between the bulk and surface of catalysts.


Select Area Electron Diffraction Gold Content Coprecipitation Method Crystal Lattice Parameter Good Catalytic Performance 



This study has been financially supported by the Scientific Research Fund of Sofia University, Bulgaria (Project 014/2010). The authors are thankful to Dr. Peter Tzvetkov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) for interpretation of the XRD data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of SofiaSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Institute of Mineralogy and CrystallographyBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Institute of General and Inorganic ChemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  4. 4.Institute of CatalysisBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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