Oxidation represents one of the most important reactions in organic synthesis and looks to have a significant role on the development and synthesis of value-added chemicals from biomass. Efforts to make oxidation reactions more sustainable have led to the development of heterogeneous catalysts and the use of molecular oxygen an alternative to traditional, toxic chemical oxidants.
In this Critical Review, Robert Davis and colleagues from the University of Virginia, USA, evaluate the literature surrounding the use of supported metal nanoparticle catalysts for the selective oxidation of alcohols and aldehydes. Davis compares the performances of the catalysts studied in this review by categorising reaction rates based on the turnover frequency as a common, consistent denominator. The authors also look at factors that can affect the evaluation of reaction kinetics, such as catalyst deactivation, and give suggestions regarding how to obtain the best data.
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Selective oxidation of alcohols and aldehydes over supported metal nanoparticles, Sara E. Davis, Matthew S. Ide and Robert J. Davis, Green Chem., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36441G
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