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Aqueous-phase hydrogenation of alkenes and arenes: The growing role of nano scale catalysts

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Bulut Safak, Fei Zhaofu, Siankevich Sviatlana, Zhang Jianguang, Yann Ning, Dyson Paul,
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Catalysis Today
Volume (Issue) 247
Page(s) 97 - 103
Title of proceedings Catalysis Today


In this article we highlight some of the recent developments in the aqueous-phase hydrogenation of alkenes and arenes. The traditional types of water-soluble catalysts applied in aqueous media are outlined together with recent trends towards the development of transition metal nanoparticle and nanocomposite catalysts. In addition, we describe some palladium nanoparticle catalysts that are stabilized by ionic polymers, which demonstrate superior activities in the aqueous-phase catalytic hydrogenation of styrene, used as a model substrate, compared to related palladium nanoparticles. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.