HOT Article: Nanoparticle catalysis with the Midas touch

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
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00254F

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