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Organosilane oxidation with a half million turnover number using fibrous nanosilica supported ultrasmall nanoparticles and pseudo-single atoms of gold

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The combination of ultrasmall nanoparticles and pseudo-single atoms of gold (Au) and fibrous nanosilica (KCC-1) functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) enabled the design of KCC-1-APTS/Au nanocatalysts with very high turnover numbers (TONs). KCC-1-APTS/Au catalysed the oxidation of organosilanes to silanols, with a TON of approximately half a million (591 000 for dimethylphenyl silane as a model substrate). Additionally, the figure-of-merit (FOM), which provides an integrated view of the rate of the reaction, the energy required, the reaction scale and the recyclability of the catalysts, was 633 mmol h−1 K−1. KCC-1-APTS/Au also catalysed two additional challenging reactions, the alcoholysis of silane and the hydrosilylation of aldehydes, with very high TONs. These characteristics make KCC-1-APTS/Au a versatile nanocatalyst.

Graphical abstract: Organosilane oxidation with a half million turnover number using fibrous nanosilica supported ultrasmall nanoparticles and pseudo-single atoms of gold

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The article was received on 01 Nov 2016, accepted on 26 Dec 2016 and first published on 16 Jan 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6TA09434A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 1935-1940
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    Organosilane oxidation with a half million turnover number using fibrous nanosilica supported ultrasmall nanoparticles and pseudo-single atoms of gold

    M. Dhiman, B. Chalke and V. Polshettiwar, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 1935
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TA09434A

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