The effect of oxidation pretreatment of polymer template on the formation and catalytic activity of Au/PET membrane composites

Korolkov I. V. , Borgekov D. B. , Mashentseva A. A. , Guven O., BAKAR ATICI A., Kozlovskiy A. L. , ...More

CHEMICAL PAPERS, vol.71, no.12, pp.2353-2358, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 71 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11696-017-0229-1
  • Journal Name: CHEMICAL PAPERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2353-2358
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This paper reports on the synthesis and structure elucidation of the track-etched membranes with embedded gold nanotubes (prepared in etched-only and COOH-enriched PET track-etched membranes) as well as comparative testing of the catalytic activity of prepared composites. The carboxylic group functionality was enriched by successive oxidation by hydrogen peroxide and UV. "As-prepared" and oxidized membrane composites were examined for catalytic activity using reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by NaBH4. The catalytic activity of Au/PET-Ox composite was found to be 23% more effective than Au/PET-Etch composites. Nanocomposites were also investigated by XRD, XPS and SEM techniques.