A microparticle material of gold/polystyrene-coated hollow titania was successfully synthesized. The synthesis steps involved hydrothermal synthesis of a carbon sphere from sucrose as a template, coating of the carbon sphere with titania, removal of the carbon sphere to produce hollow titania, followed by coating of polystyrene on the surface of hollow titania and then attachment of gold nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that this material can float on water due to its low density and it is a potential catalyst for liquid–gas boundary catalysis in oxidation of benzyl alcohol by using molecular oxygen.
- Carbon spheres,
- Sol–gel preparation,
- Hollow titania,
- Polystyrene Gold nanoparticles,
- Benzyl alcohol Oxidation,
- Liquid–gas phase reaction
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