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Keywords:

  • alcohols;
  • gold;
  • nanoparticles;
  • oxidation;
  • supported catalysts
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Ceria nanoparticles as a support stabilize positive gold species and provide oxygen vacancies. The resulting solid exhibits an exceedingly high efficiency for the solventless aerobic oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols to carbonyl compounds (see picture).