Volume 89 Issue 42 | p. 55 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 17, 2011

Linear Alkanes Polymerize On Gold

Molecular-scale surface channels confine long molecules and facilitate C–C coupling reactions
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: gold, catalysis, polymerization, surface science

Long-chain alkanes can polymerize predictably at moderate temperatures on a cor­rugated gold surface, according to researchers in Germany who made the discovery (Science, DOI: 10.1126/​science.1211836). The work adds to the growing list of catalytic transformations mediated by gold and could lead to less expensive polymers by avoiding functionalized starting materials such as alkenes. The study also highlights the mechanistic role of molecular-scale surface structure in reactions involving . . .

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