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Encapsulation of a catalytically active core with a nanoporous shell: a new strategy for designing size-selective catalysts

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Abstract

A novel strategy to synthesize a size-selective catalyst consisting of a Pd-containing silica core and an outer silica shell with controllable pore size, was developed. Such intended structures were confirmed with N2 sorption, XRD, TEM and SEM. The pore sizes on the shell could be further tailored through silylation with organosilanes with variable chain lengths. This intriguing nanostructured catalyst showed a high activity in the aerobic oxidation of alcohols. Impressively, when the pores on the shell were tailored to particular sizes the catalyst exhibited size-selective catalysis, and the substrate molecules with only a slight difference in molecular size could be discriminated. This study potentially supplies a new approach for constructing size-selective catalysts.

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The article was received on 31 Dec 2011, accepted on 23 Feb 2012 and first published on 23 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM16942H
J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 9069-9076

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    Encapsulation of a catalytically active core with a nanoporous shell: a new strategy for designing size-selective catalysts

    H. Yang, Y. Chong, X. Li, H. Ge, W. Fan and J. Wang, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 9069
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM16942H

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