Biomimetic synthesis of pd nanocatalysts for the stille coupling reaction

Dennis B. Pacardo, Manish Sethi, Sharon E. Jones, Rajesh R. Naik, Marc R. Knecht

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Here we report on the biomimetic synthesis of Pd nanoparticles for use as models of green catalytic systems. The nanomaterials are synthesized using peptides isolated via phage-display techniques that are specific to Pd surfaces. Using this synthetic strategy, peptide-functionalized Pd nanoparticles of 1.9-0.3 nm in diameter are produced, which are soluble and stable in aqueous solutions. Once characterized, these biobased materials were then used as catalysts to drive the formation of C-C bonds using the Stille coupling reaction. Under the conditions of an aqueous solvent at room temperature, quantitative product yields were achieved within 24.0 h employing catalyst loadings of>0.005 mol % of Pd. Additionally, high TOF values of 3207-269 mol product . (mol Pd . h) -1 have been determined for these materials. The catalytic reactivity was then examined over a set of substrates with substitutions for both functional group and halide substituents, demonstrating that the peptide-based Pd nanoparticles are reactive toward a variety of functionalities. Taken together, these bioinspired materials represent unique model systems for catalytic studies to elucidate ecologically friendly reactive species and conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1288-1296
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 26 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioinspired nanotechnology
  • Catalysis
  • Pd nanoparticles
  • Peptides
  • Stille coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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