Size-controlled Rh nanoparticles stabilized by poly(vinyl-pyrrolidone) were quickly synthesized via alcohol reduction. Microwave-assisted synthesis in closed vessels allowed alcohols with low-to-high boiling points to be used as reductants under the same preparation conditions. Pure ethanol has not been used previously because its boiling point is lower than the temperature required for Rh3+ reduction. Alcohols with relatively strong reduction ability were found to lead to smaller Rh nanoparticles. The ability to oxidize CO was enhanced as the Rh particle size decreased.
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