Solid supported nanoparticle catalysts could offer huge benefits for synthetic reactions in industry – both economically and environmentally. However, their difficult syntheses and stability problems mean that their practical employment is often far from acceptable on an industrial scale.
Italian researchers may have found the solution by using a simple procedure to embed palladium nanoparticles within commercially available ion exchange resins. The hydrogenation catalyst is cheap, green, easy to handle, minimises waste production and is easily recycled.
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In-situ generation of resin-supported Pd nanoparticles under mild catalytic conditions: a green route to highly efficient, reusable hydrogenation catalysts
Carmen Moreno Marrodan, Debora Berti, Francesca Liguori and Pierluigi Barbaro
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20205K