Magda’s work in collaboration with Emil and Ania from R. Nowakowski group has been published!

Effect of unimodality and bimodality of Pd nanoparticles on the catalytic activity of Pd/SiO2 in the removal of diclofenac from water

In this work, we investigated the catalytic performance of uni- and bimodal Pd/SiO2 catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrodechlorination (HDC) of diclofenac – a very popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Unimodality and bimodality was confirmed by temperature-programmed hydride decomposition (TPHD) and TEM. The highest activity and 100% efficiency in batch and flow mode were observed for bimodal Pd NPs. This outstanding efficiency could be attributed to the close coexistence of small and large metal nanoparticles with different affinity to hydrogen and chloroorganic compound. The obtained results encourage discussion on the necessity to strive for perfect unimodal catalysts for the HDC processes.