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Giorgio La Sorella, Dr. Patrizia Canton, Prof. Giorgio Strukul and Dr. Alessandro Scarso Surfactant-Induced Substrate Selectivity in the Palladium-Nanoparticle-Mediated Chemoselective Hydrogenation of Unsaturated Aldehydes in Water ChemCatChem 6

Article first published online: 15 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402034

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Something in the water: A hundred-fold substrate selectivity is observed in the competitive chemoselective hydrogenation of seven α,β-unsaturated aldehydes (C4–C10) in water with palladium nanoparticles stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfonate as a surfactant. The medium makes the longer lipophilic substrates hundreds of times more reactive than the shorter more hydrophilic ones, whereas in an organic medium almost no difference is observed.

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