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Dr. Gemma L. Brett, Dr. Peter J. Miedziak, Dr. Qian He, Prof. David W. Knight, Dr. Jennifer K. Edwards, Dr. Stuart H. Taylor, Prof. Christopher J. Kiely and Prof. Graham J. Hutchings Gold-Nanoparticle-Based Catalysts for the Oxidative Esterification of 1,4-Butanediol into Dimethyl Succinate ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300420

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Twice as nice: The oxidation of 1,4-butanediol and butyrolactone has been investigated over supported gold, palladium and gold-palladium nanoparticles. The oxidation of both hydroxyl groups of α,γ-diols has previously proved to be difficult. Small AuPd alloy nanoparticles on a basic Mg(OH)2 support provide the best catalysts for this reaction.

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