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Enhancing the hydrogen transfer catalytic activity of hybrid carbon nanotube-based NHC–iridium catalysts by increasing the oxidation degree of the nanosupport

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CVD-grown multiwalled carbon nanotubes were purified by applying four different treatments with increasing oxidation severity. The growing severity of the treatment results in progressive oxygen functionalization of the surface along with introduction of an increasing quantity of defects on the carbon nanotube walls. Iridium–N-heterocyclic carbene complexes were covalently anchored to those oxidized surfaces through their surface carboxylic acids via acetyl linkers. The carbon nanotube-based iridium–NHC hybrid materials developed are active in the hydrogen-transfer reduction of cyclohexanone to cyclohexanol with 2-propanol/KOH as hydrogen source but with rather different activity. The catalytic activity of the hybrid catalysts is strongly influenced by the type and amount of oxygenated functionalization resulting from the treatment applied to the support, being the most active and the most oxidized material.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing the hydrogen transfer catalytic activity of hybrid carbon nanotube-based NHC–iridium catalysts by increasing the oxidation degree of the nanosupport

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The article was received on 20 Nov 2015, accepted on 18 Mar 2016 and first published on 21 Mar 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01998B
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Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 5504-5514
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    Enhancing the hydrogen transfer catalytic activity of hybrid carbon nanotube-based NHC–iridium catalysts by increasing the oxidation degree of the nanosupport

    M. Blanco, P. Álvarez, C. Blanco, M. V. Jiménez, J. J. Pérez-Torrente, L. A. Oro, J. Blasco, V. Cuartero and R. Menéndez, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 5504
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01998B

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