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Keywords:

  • catalysts;
  • nanoparticles;
  • oxidation;
  • palladium
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A step closer to the ideal oxidation of alcohols: Catalytic oxidation of alcohols in water under atmospheric oxygen was achieved by use of an amphiphilic resin-dispersion of a nanopalladium catalyst (see scheme). This system combines high catalytic activity owing to the large surface area of the nanoparticles and water-based reactivity provided by the amphiphilicity of the polystyrene—poly(ethylene glycol) matrix.