This work formed part of the Glycerol Challenge. The Sasol company and the Technology Strategy Board are thanked for their financial support. This project is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s Collaborative Research and Development programme, following an open competition. The Technology Strategy Board is an executive body established by the UK Government to drive innovation.
Au–Pt alloy nanoparticles deposited on Mg(OH)2 (see STEM-HAADF image) show high activity in the selective oxidation of polyols using molecular oxygen as oxidant at mild and base-free conditions.