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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 310214, 5 pages
Research Article

A Facile Strategy for the Functionalization of Boron Nitride Nanotubes with Pd Nanoparticles

1Centre for Advanced Microscopy, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
2Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

Received 7 October 2014; Accepted 17 November 2014

Academic Editor: Mengnan Qu

Copyright © 2015 Yuanlie Yu 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.


A facile in situ fabrication of palladium nanoparticles decorated boron nitride nanotubes (Pd-BNNTs) is described. The decoration of BNNTs was carried out by the self-regulated reduction of palladium chloride (PdCl2) with the aid of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). During the preparation process, the surfactant SDS plays a dual role: it aids the dispersibility of BNNTs and produces the reductant of CH3(CH2)10CH2OH. Then the CH3(CH2)10CH2OH can reduce Pd2+ to form Pd nanoparticles on the surface of BNNSs. The as-prepared Pd-BNNTs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results show that the Pd nanocrystalline particles can be deposited onto the BNNTs surface via this simple route. This approach constitutes a basis for the assembly and integration of nanoscale materials onto BNNTs and puts a light on the potential application of the BNNTs in electronic, catalysis, and hydrogen storage fields.