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A review of recent advances in the direct synthesis of H2O2

Hutchings, Graham John ORCID: and Lewis, Richard 2019. A review of recent advances in the direct synthesis of H2O2. ChemCatChem 11 (1) , pp. 298-308. 10.1002/cctc.201801435

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Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a highly effective, green oxidant that has found application in sectors ranging from the synthesis of fine chemicals and waste stream treatment to the extraction of precious metals and the bleaching of paper pulp and textiles. The growing demand for H2O2 has seen it become one of the 100 most important chemicals in the world. The direct synthesis of H2O2 from H2 and O2 has been a challenge for the scientific community for over 100 years and represents an attractive alternative to the current means of production. Herein we discuss the historical perspective of the direct synthesis process, the recent literature regarding catalyst design and the role of additives as well as the application of H2O2 as an in situ oxidant. We discuss the key problems that remain and conclude that although there has been progress with respect to the selectivity of hydrogen utilisation, there is a need to now concentrate on catalyst activity as the key remaining problem requiring a solution is the concentration of H2O2 that can be achieved especially in flow reactors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag
ISSN: 1867-3880
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:56

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