Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 56, Issue 13–14, pp 1220–1227 | Cite as

From Hydroxyalkylammonium Salts to Protected-Rh(0) Nanoparticles for Catalysis in Water: Comparative Studies of the Polar Heads

  • Carl-Hugo Pélisson
  • Claudie Hubert
  • Audrey Denicourt-NowickiEmail author
  • Alain RoucouxEmail author
Original Paper


Three mono- or tris-hydroxylated quaternary ammonium salts bearing various polar heads were synthesized and investigated as protective agents of rhodium(0) colloidal suspensions. The influence of the hydroxylated polar head on the micellar behaviour, size and morphology of the nanospecies was studied through surface tension measurements, dynamic light scattering and TEM experiments. Finally, the obtained surfactant-stabilized nanocatalysts were compared in the hydrogenation of benzene and its derivatives under very mild conditions (1 bar of H2, 20 °C) and in neat water.


Ammonium Surfactants Rhodium nanoparticles Arene hydrogenation Water 



The authors are grateful to the Région Bretagne (PhD fellowships– MAGFOCAT and PARTICAT programs) for financial supports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, CNRS, UMR 6226Rennes Cedex 7France
  2. 2.Université Européenne de BretagneRennesFrance

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