Photodeposition of Pt nanoparticle and phenolic polymer on TiO2 in a deaerated aqueous system containing hexachloroplatinic acid and phenol were investigated. We observed that reductive deposition of Pt nanoparticles with electrons proceeded rapidly, while the oxidative deposition of a phenolic polymer with positive holes was relatively slow. The difference ensured the encapsulation of Pt nanoparticles between the polymer layer and TiO2. Carbonization of the polymer components followed by removing TiO2 resulted in the formation of two types of Pt–carbon nanocomposites with different morphologies of carbons, depending on photoirradiation duration. These composites exhibited high levels of catalytic activity and reusability for aqueous oxidation of 1-phenylethanol with molecular oxygen.
- Pt Nanoparticle,
- Porous Carbon,
- Aqueous Oxidation
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