This Catalysis Science & Technology Hot article showcases a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Johnson Matthey where they make a palladium catalyst with interstitial carbons for fine chemical catalysis in the liquid phase.
This paper will be included in the Heterogeneous Catalysis for Fine Chemicals theme issue, which focuses on catalysis for fine chemicals synthesis, preparative chemistry and drug discovery, guest edited by Graham Hutchings and Mario Pagliaro.
Here they use a hydrothermal technique with glucose as the capping agent and supporting matrix, which when heated allows the carbon atoms to occupy the octahedral holes in the palladium framework.
Shik Chi Tsang from the University of Oxford comments, that in this research the catalyst they create will ‘prove highly beneficial for liquid phase hydrogenations of alkyne to alkene, one of the key steps in the pharmaceuticals, fragrances and fine chemical catalysis’.
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Palladium with interstitial carbon atoms as a catalyst for ultraselective hydrogenation in the liquid phase
Chun Wong Aaron Chan, Kin Yip Tam, James Cookson, Peter Bishop and Shik Chi Tsang
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00257K