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[Chem] Prof. Gang Fu and Nanfeng Zheng published a paper entitled "Thiol Treatment Creates Selective Palladium Catalysts for Semihydrogenation of Internal Alkynes"

2018-03-29

Title: Thiol Treatment Creates Selective Palladium Catalysts for Semihydrogenation of Internal Alkynes

Authors: Xiaojing Zhao, Lingyun Zhou,Wuyong Zhang, Chengyi Hu, Lei Dai,Liting Ren, Binghui Wu, Gang Fu,Nanfeng Zheng

Abstract:

Surface and interfacial engineering of heterogeneous metal catalysts is effective and critical for optimizing selective hydrogenation for fine chemicals. By using thiol-treated ultrathin Pdnanosheets as a model catalyst, we demonstrate the development of stable, efficient, and selective Pd catalysts for semihydrogenation of internal alkynes. In the hydrogenation of 1-phenyl-1-propyne, the thiol-treated Pd nanosheets exhibited excellent catalytic selectivity (>97%) toward the semihydrogenation product (1-phenyl-1-propene). The catalyst was highly stable and showed no obvious decay in either activity or selectivity for over ten cycles. Systematic studies demonstrated that a unique Pd-sulfide/thiolate interface created by the thiol treatment was crucial to the semihydrogenation. The high catalytic selectivity and activity benefited from the combined steric and electronic effects that inhibited the deeper hydrogenation of C=C bonds. More importantly, this thiol treatment strategy is applicable to creating highly active and selective practical catalysts from commercial Pd/C catalysts for semihydrogenation of internal alkynes.

Full-Link:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S245192941830072X#!