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Keywords:

  • carbocatalysis;
  • graphene;
  • graphene oxide;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • oxygenation
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More hip than nano: Bielawski and co-workers recently demonstrated the remarkable ability of graphene oxide to catalyze the oxidation of a variety of alcohols to the corresponding ketones/aldehydes, alkenes to the corresponding diones, and alkynes to the corresponding hydrates—a process they termed “carbocatalysis”. These efficient metal-free reactions mark a promising convergence of heterogeneous catalysis with graphene science.