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Supported Bimetallic AuPd Nanoparticles as a Catalyst for the Selective Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes

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Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK
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State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization, College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(9), 690; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8090690
Received: 5 August 2018 / Revised: 31 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 September 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructure Metal Alloys for the Transformation of Biomass)
The solvent-free selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene was carried out using a supported AuPd nanoparticles catalyst, prepared by the modified impregnation method (MIm), as efficient catalyst >99% yield of aniline (AN) was obtained after 15 h at 90 °C, 3 bar H2 that can be used without any further purification or separation, therefore reducing cost and energy input. Supported AuPd nanoparticles catalyst, prepared by MIm, was found to be active and stable even after four recycle experiments, whereas the same catalyst prepared by SIm was deactivated during the recycle experiments. The most effective catalyst was tested for the chemoselective hydrogenation of 4-chloronitrobenzene (CNB) to 4-chloroaniline (CAN). The activation energy of CNB to CAN was found to be 25 kJ mol−1, while that of CNB to AN was found to be 31 kJ mol−1. Based on this, the yield of CAN was maximized (92%) by the lowering the reaction temperature to 25 °C. View Full-Text
Keywords: bimetallic nanoparticles; solvent free hydrogenation; selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene and selective hydrogenation of chloronitrobenzene bimetallic nanoparticles; solvent free hydrogenation; selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene and selective hydrogenation of chloronitrobenzene
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Qu, R.; Macino, M.; Iqbal, S.; Gao, X.; He, Q.; Hutchings, G.J.; Sankar, M. Supported Bimetallic AuPd Nanoparticles as a Catalyst for the Selective Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 690.

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