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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 831694, 5 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of Colloidal Ruthenium Nanocatalyst by Chemical Reduction Method

Department of Chemical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Gujarat, Surat-395007, India

Received 27 February 2012; Revised 12 May 2012; Accepted 25 May 2012

Academic Editor: Danielle Ballivet-Tkatchenko

Copyright © 2013 R. G. Patharkar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Colloidal ruthenium nanoparticles were prepared by chemical reduction of ruthenium trichloride (RuCl3) using sodium borohydrate (NaBH4) as reducing agent and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as a stabilizer. Size and size distribution of synthesized colloidal Ru nanoparticles were studied by varying different parameters such as molar ratio (MR) of SDS/RuCl3, NaBH4/RuCl3, effects of different stabilizers, and reducing agents. Prepared nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Stability of colloidal nanoparticles was detected by Turbiscan. Stable Ru nanoparticles were dispersed on γ-Al2O3 to prepare Ru/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. This catalyst was characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM).