We thank the EPSRC, the World Gold Council and the European Union (AURICAT EU-RTN, HPRN-CT-2002-00174) for their support.
Palladium and Gold–Palladium Catalysts for the Direct Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide†
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 47, Issue 48, pages 9192–9198, November 17, 2008
How to Cite
Edwards, Jennifer K. and Hutchings, Graham J. (2008), Palladium and Gold–Palladium Catalysts for the Direct Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47: 9192–9198. doi: 10.1002/anie.200802818
- Issue published online: 12 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUN 2008
- World Gold Council
- European Union. Grant Numbers: AURICAT EU-RTN, HPRN-CT-2002-00174
- heterogeneous catalysis;
- hydrogen peroxide;
Today hydrogen peroxide is produced by an indirect process in which an alkyl anthraquinone is sequentially hydrogenated and oxidized. In this way hydrogen and oxygen are kept separate during the manufacturing process. A process where molecular oxygen is directly hydrogenated could be preferred if control of the sequential hydrogenation can be achieved, particularly if high rates can be attained under intrinsically safe, non-explosive conditions. Herein we describe recent progress in the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide using supported palladium and gold–palladium alloy catalysts and consider some of the problems that have to be overcome.