Part of the series Nanoscience and Technology pp 377-489

Catalytic Applications for Gold Nanotechnology

  • Sónia A. C. CarabineiroAffiliated withDepartamento de Engenharia Química, Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • , David T. ThompsonAffiliated with‘Newlands’, Consultant to World Gold Council

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Gold is often considered the most inert of all metals. In fact, it is a widely held belief instilled in us from the earliest days in our school chemistry laboratories that gold is amongst the most stable and incorruptible of substances. For that reason, its chemical reactivity has not yet been as fully investigated as that of the platinum group metals (PGMs) and its remarkable catalytic properties were ignored until recently. Defining methods for preparing catalysts having nanoparticles of gold on oxide supports have opened up this new area of opportunity.