Documents up-to-date developments in the study of catalysis and its applications to organic synthesis and industrial processes. The text examines the area of homogenous and heterogenous catalysis for industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals, focusing on recent advances in asymmetric synthesis, environmental uses, acid-based synthesis, hydrogenation, oxidation, alkylation, isomerization, amination, hydroformlyation, and more.
1998 Paul N. Rulander Plenary Lecture: New applications for inorganic solid acid catalysis; selective etherication of glycerol over solid catalysts; catalytic aziridination of alkenes using microsporous materials; selective aldolisation of acetone into diacetone alcohol using hydrotalcites as catalysts; selective hydroxymethylation of guaiacol to vanillic alcohols in the presence of H-form mordenites; enantioselective hydrogenation of trifluoroacetophenone over Pt/alumina; heterogeneous enantioselective hydrogenation catalysed by platinum modified by some morphine alkaloids; a new type of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysts; effect of poisoning and metal adsorption on the enantioselective heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of isophorone and ethyl pyruvate; ultrasonics in chiral metal catalysis. Effects of presonication on the asymmetric hydrogenation of ethyl pyruvate over platinum catalysts: 1998 Murry Raney Plenary Lecturer : Traditional and novel modifications of RaneyR catalysts - advances in theory and technology; diastereoselective hydrogenation of cycle B-ketoesters over modified Ru/zeolite catalysts; homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation and reductive hydrolysis of nitriles; selective hydrogenation of butyronitrile over promoted RaneyR nickel catalysts; the selective hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes - new catalytic systems; catalytic hydrogenation of viscous materials in a twin screw extruder with an immobilized palladium catalyst; catalytic hydrogenation of aromatic rings in lignins; hydrogenation of crotonaldehyde over new type of Pt-Sn/SiO2 catalysts; optimization of reaction conditions in single-stage reductive amination of aldehydes and ketones; 1997 Paul N. Rylander Plenary Lecture: Organic reaction and catalysis - a marriage of convenience; novel recyclable catalysts for atom economic aromatic electrophilic nitration; environmentally friendly catalysts for acylation reactions; oxidative anti-Markownikov-amination of aromatic olefins; catalytic carbonylations in supercritical carbon dioxide; continuous hydrogenation in supercritical fluids; novel catalytic characteristics of the Co/Mn/Cl/Br liquid phase oxidation catalyst. (Part contents).