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Biomimetic Oxygen Activation by MoS2/Ta3N5 Nanocomposites for Selective Aerobic Oxidation

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  • Dr. Qingsheng Gao,

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    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
    2. Department of Chemistry, Jinan University, 510632 Guangzhou (P.R. China)
    • Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
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  • Dr. Cristina Giordano,

    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti

    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Research Campus Golm, 14424 Potsdam (Germany)
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  • We acknowledge financial support from the BMBF (Project No. 035F0353A-E), the Max Planck Society, and the NSFC (21203075). Q.S.G. thanks Dr. X. Liu and K. Otte of MPIKG for SEM, and Prof. C. Y. Liu and M. Meng of Jinan University for fruitful discussions.

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Learning from nature: The development of an MoS2/Ta3N5 nanocomposite as a catalyst for selective aerobic oxidation by O2 activation was inspired by the nitrogenase enzymes in nature. The superior performance of this biomimetic catalyst, which shows potential for the selective oxidation of multifunctional substrates (see picture), results from the integration of Ta3N5 and MoS2 at the nanoscale and the synergistic enhancement of their activity.

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