Basic Nanostructured Catalysts


Robert J. Davis Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia

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Solid bases catalyze a wide variety of chemical transformations (e.g., condensations, alkylations, cyclizations, and isomerizations). However, compared with their solid acid analogues, they have received relatively little attention from the industrial and academic communities. The search for novel solid bases that catalyze reactions with high product selectivity, high reaction rate, and low deactivation rate is an ongoing process. The following text describes current research trends in the design and utilization of nanostructured solid bases composed mainly of supported metals and metal oxides.