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Keywords:

  • selective oxidation;
  • alcohols;
  • operando spectroscopy;
  • mechanistic studies

Abstract

The heterogeneously catalysed selective aerobic oxidation of alcohols is an important tool for the synthesis of valuable chemical intermediates and a hot topic within both academic and industrial arenas. In this mini-review, selected aspects of catalyst formulation, process operating conditions, and progress in identifying the active sites and surface reaction mechanisms notably through the application of synchrotron radiation, are highlighted. Copyright © 2010 Society of Chemical Industry