[en] Pd-Ag/SiO2 and Pd-Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts have been synthesized by cogelation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and chelates of either Pd and Ag or Pd and Cu with 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS). After an extensive study of the influences of synthesis operating variables over structural characteristics of gels, highly dispersed bimetallic Pd-Ag/SiO2 and Pd-Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts were obtained. These samples are then composed of completely accessible Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu alloy crystallites with sizes of 2-3.5 nm located inside silica particles exhibiting a monodisperse microporous distribution. It appears also that the metal complex acts as a nucleation agent in the formation of silica particles. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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