Microwave-Assisted Immobilization of Manganese Salen Complexes: Increased Activity and Chemoselectivity in Catalytic Epoxidation



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An anchor into the microwaves: A directing effect on the orientation of the manganese(III) salen complexes towards the activated carbon surface was activated by using microwave-assisted anchoring. The immobilization procedure is simple, energy efficient, and fast. The resulting materials are unusually active and selective heterogeneous catalysts for the epoxidation of styrene.