Since the first report on alcohol oxidation in 1998, many studies have highlighted some peculiarity of gold with respect to other metals. Some analogies have been found between gas and liquid phases, but the big challenge to operate in a condensed phase lies in the role of the solvent in tuning the reactant–catalyst contact. Liquid-phase oxidation has numerous applications. However, many studies on gold catalysts have been devoted to gas-phase reactions. Only recently has the scientific community approached gold-catalyzed liquid-phase oxidation. This complete, exhaustive book covers the topic of gold-based catalyst applications in selective oxidation in the liquid phase. It presents a rational state of the art and will be useful for researchers, even those not yet involved in the field.
Table of Contents
Preparation of supported gold catalysts: Deposition-Reduction; Catherine Louis
Immobilization of preformed gold nanoparticles; Carine E. Chan-Thaw, Alberto Villa, and Laura Prati
Solvated metal atoms in the preparation of supported gold catalysts; Claudio Evangelisti, Eleonora Schiavi, Laura Antonella Aronica, Rinaldo Psaro, Antonella Balerna, and Gianmario Martra
Microgels as exotemplates in the preparation of Au nanoclusters; Andrea Biffis and Paolo Centomo
Miscellaneous; Carine E. Chan-Thaw, Alberto Villa, and Laura Prati
Characterization techniques: Transmission electron microscopy on Au-based catalyst; Di Wang
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of gold catalysts; Gabriel M. Veith
FT-IR techniques for the characterization of Au(-ceria)-based catalysts; Maela Manzoli and Floriana Vindigni
Determination of dispersion of gold-based catalysts by selective chemisorptions; Michela Signoretto, Federica Menegazzo, Valentina Trevisan, and Francesco Pinna
New findings in CO oxidation; Yoshiro Shimojo and Masatake Haruta
The role of gold catalysts in C–H bond activation for the selective oxidation of saturated hydrocarbons; Sarwat Iqbal, Gemma L. Brett, and Graham J. Hutchings
Liquid phase oxidation using Au-based catalysts; Nikolaos Dimitratos, Ceri Hammond, and Peter P. Wells
Supported gold nanoparticles As heterogeneous catalyst for C–C coupling reactions; Ana Primo and Hermenegildo García
Towards chemoselectivity: The case of supported Au for hydrogen-mediated reactions; Fernando Cárdenas-Lizana and Mark A. Keane
Homogenous gold catalysis; David Zahner, Matthias Rudolph, and A. Stephen K. Hashmi
Laura Prati is an associate professor of inorganic chemistry at Università degli Studi di Milano since 2001. She is a chemistry graduate (1983), received her specialization in "Tecniche Analitiche per la Chimica Organica Fine" from Politecnico of Milan in 1985, and was awarded a PhD in industrial chemistry in 1988. Her principal scientific interests are catalytic hydrogenation and oxidation reactions, and she has been involved in catalytic applications of gold since 1986.
Alberto Villa is an assistant professor at the University of Milan. He received his PhD in industrial chemistry in 2007 from the University of Milan, and his thesis focused on the development of gold-based catalysts for liquid-phase reactions. After two years of a postdoc program at the Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, with Prof. Robert Schlögl, he joined Laura Prati’s group in 2009. His research focuses on the development of heterogeneous catalysts for biomass transformation. He has (co)authored over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals.