Web Date: August 5, 2016
New liquid-liquid approach allows catalytic reactions to go with the flow
It’s an inevitable trade-off in catalysis: Homogeneous catalysts are highly active and selective, while heterogeneous catalysts are easily recoverable and reusable. In the last few decades, biphasic catalysts—where the catalyst is held in a liquid immiscible with the reaction medium—have been explored for their potential to achieve the best of both worlds.
But this approach is not an easy sell. “In most large-scale processes, biphasic systems are avoided,” says Susannah . . .
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