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Issue 5, 2013
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Selective hydrogenation over Pd nanoparticles supported on a pore-flow-through silica monolith microreactor with hierarchical porosity

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Abstract

Well-dispersed Pd nanoparticles have been synthesized inside the mesoporosity of a silica monolith featuring hierarchical porosity of homogeneous interconnected macropores (4 microns) and mesopores (11 nm). These monoliths have been implemented as microreactors for selective hydrogenation reactions. Conversion and selectivity can be tuned by adjusting the flow rates of hydrogen and substrates. In the selective hydrogenation of cyclooctadiene, a conversion of 95% and a selectivity of 90% in the monohydrogenated product, constant over a period of 70 h, have been reached. These figures correspond to a productivity of 4.2 mmol s−1 g−1MonoSil (or 0.32 mol s−1 g−1Pd). In the stereoselective hydrogenation of 3-hexyn-1-ol a constant conversion of 85% was observed, with however moderate selectivity into the cis isomer, over a test period of 7 h. These results open the route to the synthesis of important chemicals and intermediates via safe and green processes.

Graphical abstract: Selective hydrogenation over Pd nanoparticles supported on a pore-flow-through silica monolith microreactor with hierarchical porosity

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The article was received on 26 Jul 2012, accepted on 27 Sep 2012 and first published on 03 Oct 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31690K
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 1378-1384
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    Selective hydrogenation over Pd nanoparticles supported on a pore-flow-through silica monolith microreactor with hierarchical porosity

    A. Sachse, N. Linares, P. Barbaro, F. Fajula and A. Galarneau, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 1378
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31690K

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