Volume 89 Issue 41 | p. 40 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 10, 2011

Gold Catalyzes Esterifications

Nanoparticles of the precious metal and its alloys with palladium transform diols
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: catalysis, gold, gold-palladium, esterification

Supported gold and gold-palladium nanoparticles can serve as active catalysts for esterification of diols, according to a study published in Catalysis Science & Technology (DOI: 10.1039/c1cy00254f). The work broadens the list of catalytic transformations mediated by gold, an element that until recently was considered relatively inert. In addition, the study catalogs the effects on catalytic performance of various factors, including catalyst preparation method, . . .

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