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Keywords:

  • Fenton reaction;
  • gold;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • nanoparticles;
  • radical reactions
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Nanojewels as catalysts: Degradation of phenol with a small excess of H2O2 can be achieved by using gold nanoparticles supported on Fenton-treated diamond nanoparticles as a highly selective (at least 79 %) and efficient (turnover number: 321 000) catalyst for the Fenton reaction at room temperature. The proposed mechanism is shown schematically in the picture.