M.Sc Thesis

M.Sc StudentBinyamin Yair
SubjectOrganically Doped Metals: Effect of Synthesis Route on
Catalytic Activity
DepartmentDepartment of Chemical Engineering
Supervisors PROF. Gideon Grader
DR. Gennady Shter
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         Recently, a new synthesis method that allows incorporation of different organic compounds into metals has been developed. Some interesting and promising applications of these organically doped metals have been demonstrated, including alteration of the metal properties and the reactivity of the organic dopants. The improvement of the metal catalytic activity is of particular interest here. In order to utilize these novel materials as a new type of catalysts, the influence of synthesis conditions on the final catalytic properties has to be understood.

         The possibility to apply the organically doped metals as new type of catalysts has been demonstrated by the investigation of the catalytic activity of silver doped with Congo Red (CR@Ag). The present work is focused on the effect of the CR@Ag synthesis parameters on its catalytic activity in the process of partial oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. Characterization of the doped metal was conducted in parallel with optimization of the synthesis procedure and with the investigation of the catalytic activity. This contribution summarizes our findings in this study.