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Keywords:

  • alcohols;
  • boron;
  • oxidation;
  • palladium;
  • supported catalysts
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From Boring to Boron ‘Here's a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note, Don't worry B happy’—as sung by Bobby Mcferrin (and Bob Marley)—illustrates how a little bit of boron (B) can turn that frown upside down. The accompanying illustration shows the oxidation of benzyl alcohol (over a Pd catalyst supported on carbon spheres) to benzylaldehye. In their Communication on page 1930 ff., N. Coville et al. show how by incorporating some boron into the boring carbon spheres (undoped), the conversion and recyclability of the catalyst can be greatly improved, bringing a smile to your face. From boring to boron.