In this HOT article, the efforts of Graham Hutchings and co-workers to produce efficient catalysts based on gold and gold palladium nanoparticles supported on a variety of supports for the clean transformation of 1,2-propanediol (important in the synthesis of fine chemicals) to methyl lactate and methyl pyruvate are described.
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Oxidative esterification of 1,2-propanediol using gold and gold-palladium supported nanoparticles
Gemma L. Brett, Peter J. Miedziak, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Jose A. Lopez-Sanchez, Nicholas F. Dummer, Ramchandra Tiruvalam, Christopher J. Kiely, David W. Knight, Stuart H. Taylor, David J. Morgan, Albert F. Carley and Graham J. Hutchings
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, Advance Article