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A perspective on heterogeneous catalysts for the selective oxidation of alcohols

Najafishirtari, Sharif, Friedel Ortega, Klaus, Douthwaite, Mark, Pattisson, Samuel, Hutchings, Graham J. ORCID:, Bondue, Christoph J., Tschulik, Kristina, Waffel, Daniel, Peng, Baoxiang, Deitermann, Michel, Busser, G. Wilma, Muhler, Martin and Behrens, Malte 2021. A perspective on heterogeneous catalysts for the selective oxidation of alcohols. Chemistry - A European Journal 27 (68) , pp. 16809-16833. 10.1002/chem.202102868

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Selective oxidation of higher alcohols using heterogeneous catalysts is an important reaction in the synthesis of fine chemicals with added value. Though the process for primary alcohol oxidation is industrially established, there is still a lack of fundamental understanding considering the complexity of the catalysts and their dynamics under reaction conditions, especially when higher alcohols and liquid-phase reaction media are involved. Additionally, new materials should be developed offering higher activity, selectivity, and stability. This can be achieved by unraveling the structure–performance correlations of these catalysts under reaction conditions. In this regard, researchers are encouraged to develop more advanced characterization techniques to address the complex interplay between the solid surface, the dissolved reactants, and the solvent. In this mini-review, we report some of the most important approaches taken in the field and give a perspective on how to tackle the complex challenges for different approaches in alcohol oxidation while providing insight into the remaining challenges.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0947-6539
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 October 2021
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 22:09

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