Nano Research

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 849–856 | Cite as

A facile surfactant-free synthesis of Rh flower-like nanostructures constructed from ultrathin nanosheets and their enhanced catalytic properties

  • Yaqi JiangEmail author
  • Jingyun Su
  • Yanan Yang
  • Yanyan Jia
  • Qiaoli Chen
  • Zhaoxiong XieEmail author
  • Lansun Zheng
Research Article


Rh is an important catalyst that is widely used in a variety of organic reactions. In recent years, many efforts have focused on improving its catalytic efficiency by fabricating catalyst nanoparticles with controlled size and morphology. However, the frequently employed synthesis route using organic compounds either as the reaction medium or capping agent often results in residual molecules on the catalyst surface, which in turn drastically diminishes the catalytic performance. Herein, we report a facile, aqueous, surfactant-free synthesis of a novel Rh flowerlike structure obtained via hydrothermal reduction of Rh(acac)3 by formaldehyde. The unique Rh nanoflowers were constructed from ultrathin nanosheets, whose basal surfaces comprised {111} facets with an average thickness of ~1.1 nm. The specific surface area measured by CO stripping was 79.3 m2·g−1, which was much larger than that of commercial Rh black. More importantly, the Rh nanoflower catalyst exhibited excellent catalytic performance in the catalytic hydrogenation of phenol and cyclohexene, in contrast to the commercial Rh black and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP)-capped Rh nanosheets exposed by similar {111} basal surfaces.


rhodium nanocrystal nanosheet hydrogenation reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, and Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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