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Keywords:

  • alcohols;
  • gold;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • nanoparticles;
  • oxidation
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Highly efficient and selective oxidation of alcohols is achieved in aqueous H2O2 using supported gold nanoparticles as catalyst. In addition, the catalyst can be readily recovered by a simple work-up and reused several times without significant loss of activity.