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Graphene Oxide as Catalyst: Application of Carbon Materials beyond Nanotechnology

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  • Prof.  Jeffrey Pyun

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    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona, 1308 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721 (USA)
    2. World Class University Program for Chemical Convergence for Energy and Environment, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea)
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona, 1308 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721 (USA)
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  • J.P. acknowledges support from the ONR-YIP (N00014-07-1-0796), the NSF CAREER Program (DMR-0645618), and the World Class University Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (R31-10013).

Abstract

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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.

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