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Ronald Hage and Achim Lienke Applications of Transition-Metal Catalysts to Textile and Wood-Pulp Bleaching Angewandte Chemie International Edition 45

Article first published online: 8 DEC 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200500525

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Stain removal: The bleaching of textiles and paper are amongst the most important industrial oxidation processes. Chlorine-based bleaching agents, however, can damage the fibers and lead to chlorinated waste products, and H2O2 is expensive and less efficient. Transition-metal catalysts based on Fe, Mn, or Co, which activate H2O2 or O2 (see picture), offer an alternative. In this way, it should be possible to achieve savings both in terms of the amount of chemicals and the energy required for bleaching processes.

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