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Application of heterogeneous catalysts prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

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Mechanochemical synthesis has the potential to provide more sustainable preparative routes to catalysts than the current multistep solvent-based routes. In this review, the mechanochemical synthesis of catalysts is discussed, with emphasis placed on catalysts for environmental, energy and chemical synthesis applications. This includes the formation of mixed-metal oxides as well as the process of dispersing metals onto solid supports. In most cases the process involves no solvent. Encouragingly, there are several examples where the process is advantageous compared with the more normal solvent-based methods. This can be because of process cost or simplicity, or, notably, where it provides more active/selective catalysts than those made by conventional wet chemical methods. The need for greater, and more systematic, exploration of this currently unconventional approach to catalyst synthesis is highlighted.

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Submitted
18 Feb 2013
First published
11 Jun 2013

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 7701-7718
Article type
Review Article

Application of heterogeneous catalysts prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

K. Ralphs, C. Hardacre and S. L. James, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 7701
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60066A

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