Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 12, pp 8933–8950 | Cite as

Synthesis of Rh nanoparticles in alcohols: magnetic and electrocatalytic properties

  • E. Ramírez-Meneses
  • K. Philippot
  • M. A. Domínguez-Crespo
  • M. Ibrahim
  • I. Betancourt
  • A. M. Torres-Huerta
  • A. Ezeta-Mejia
Chemical routes to materials


The synthesis of Rh nanoparticles has been performed through an organometallic approach starting from the tris(allyl) rhodium complex, Rh(η3-C3H5)3, as precursor and using an alcohol as both a solvent and a stabilizer, under mild reaction conditions (room temperature; 3 bar H2). The influence of the alcohol used, among methanol, propanol or heptanol, on the morphological and structural characteristics as well as on the magnetic and electrocatalytic properties of the obtained Rh nanoparticles has been investigated. Assemblies of Rh nanoparticles of various sizes have been observed depending on the alkyl chain length of the alcohol used. A noticeable effect of the nanostructured character of these Rh nanoparticles is the appearance of a ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature due to a modified electronic structure. Magnetic moments per atom were determined as follows: 0.099, 0.073 and 0.036 µB for methanol, heptanol and propanol, respectively. The electrochemical evaluation of these Rh nanoparticles on the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) showed that the electroactivity depends on the chain length of the alcohol; thus, Rh-heptanol system displayed the highest electroactivity for ORR.



The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support provided by CONACyT (Project 157613), Dirección de Investigación-Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) F132021 project, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (SIP-20171186, SIP-20171148), CONACyT CB2015-252181 and C-2014-1905 projects and SNI-CONACyT. The authors would like to acknowledge the technical assistance provided by Luis M. Palacios-Romero. CNRS and University Paul Sabatier Toulouse are also thanked for financial support. The research was conducted in the framework of the “French-Mexican International Laboratory (LIA) LCMMC.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Industrial y de AlimentosUniversidad IberoamericanaCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.LCC (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination), CNRSToulouse Cedex 4France
  3. 3.Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPTToulouse Cedex 4France
  4. 4.Instituto Politécnico NacionalCentro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada - Unidad AltamiraAltamiraMexico
  5. 5.Departamento de Materiales Metálicos y Cerámicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en MaterialesUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  6. 6.Instituto Politécnico NacionalEscuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias ExtractivasZacatenco, Ciudad de MéxicoMexico

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