Pd does it alone: Tailored heterogeneous catalysts offer exciting, alternative, clean technologies for regioselective molecular transformations. A mesoporous alumina support stabilizes atomically dispersed PdII surface sites (see picture, C light gray, O red, Pd dark gray, Al purple, H white), thereby dramatically enhancing catalytic performance in the aerobic selective oxidation of alcohols.
Bibliographical noteFunding: EPSRC (EP/E046754/1, EP/P500575/1)
- heterogeneous catalysis
- mesoporous materials
- X-ray absorption spectroscopy