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Issue 33, 2018

Glass wool: a novel support for heterogeneous catalysis

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Abstract

Heterogeneous catalysis presents significant advantages over homogeneous catalysis such as ease of separation and reuse of the catalyst. Here we show that a very inexpensive, manageable and widely available material – glass wool – can act as a catalyst support for a number of different reactions. Different metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, based on Pd, Co, Cu, Au and Ru, were deposited on glass wool and used as heterogeneous catalysts for a variety of thermal and photochemical organic reactions including reductive de-halogenation of aryl halides, reduction of nitrobenzene, Csp3–Csp3 couplings, N–C heterocycloadditions (click chemistry) and Csp–Csp2 couplings (Sonogashira couplings). The use of glass wool as a catalyst support for important organic reactions, particularly C–C couplings, opens the opportunity to develop economical heterogeneous catalysts with excellent potential for flow photo-chemistry application.

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Submitted
14 May 2018
Accepted
10 Jul 2018
First published
12 Jul 2018

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2018,9, 6844-6852
Article type
Edge Article

Glass wool: a novel support for heterogeneous catalysis

A. Elhage, B. Wang, N. Marina, M. L. Marin, M. Cruz, A. E. Lanterna and J. C. Scaiano, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 6844 DOI: 10.1039/C8SC02115E

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