Support-enhanced selective aerobic alcohol oxidation over Pd/mesoporous silicas

Christopher M.A. Parlett, Duncan W. Bruce, Nicole S. Hondow, Adam F. Lee, Karen Wilson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The influence of silica mesostructure upon the Pd-catalyzed selective oxidation of allylic alcohols has been investigated for amorphous and surfactant-templated SBA-15, SBA-16, and KIT-6 silicas. Significant rate enhancements can be achieved via mesopore introduction, most notably through the use of interconnected porous silica frameworks, reflecting both improved mass transport and increased palladium dispersion; catalytic activity decreases in the order Pd/KIT-6 ≈ Pd/SBA-16 > Pd/SBA-15 > Pd/SiO2. Evidence is presented that highly dispersed palladium oxide nanoparticles, not zerovalent palladium, are the catalytically active species. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-640
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number6
Early online date3 May 2011
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2011


  • palladium
  • active site
  • silica
  • mesoporous
  • selective oxidation
  • alcohol


Dive into the research topics of 'Support-enhanced selective aerobic alcohol oxidation over Pd/mesoporous silicas'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this