Nanocatalysis in Flow

Roberto Ricciardi, Jurriaan Huskens, Willem Verboom*

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Nanocatalysis in flow is catalysis by metallic nanoparticles (NPs; 1-50nm) performed in microstructured reactors. These catalytic processes make use of the enhanced catalytic activity and selectivity of NPs and fulfill the requirements of green chemistry. Anchoring catalytically active metal NPs within a microfluidic reactor enhances the reagent/catalyst interaction, while avoiding diffusion limitations experienced in classical approaches. Different strategies for supporting NPs are reviewed herein, namely, packed-bed reactors, monolithic flow-through reactors, wall catalysts, and a selection of novel approaches (NPs embedded on nanotubes, nanowires, catalytic membranes, and magnetic NPs). Through a number of catalytic reactions, such as hydrogenations, oxidations, and cross-coupling reactions, the advantages and possible drawbacks of each approach are illustrated. Full stream ahead! The anchoring of nanoparticles in microfluidic reactors results in devices in which various types of catalytic reactions can be performed efficiently. Different ways to support these nanoparticles are reviewed and their advantages and disadvantages are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2586-2605
Number of pages20
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015


  • Flow chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Microreactors
  • Nanoparticles
  • 2023 OA procedure


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