Pd nanoclusters in C-C coupling reaction: proof of leaching

Mehul B. Thathagar, Johan E. ten Elshof, Gadi Rothenberg

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A simple experiment based on exclusion of Pd nanoclusters was used to identify the true catalytic species in cluster-catalyzed Heck cross-couplings. A special reactor was used in which two compartments are separated by a nanoporous membrane that allows the passage of Pd atoms and ions but not of Pd nanoclusters. The results show that the real catalysts in the Heck coupling of n-butyl acrylate with iodobenzene are species leached from the Pd nanoclusters.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)2886-2890
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie (international edition)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Cross-coupling
  • Nanoparticles
  • Heck reaction
  • IR-72187
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • METIS-234955
  • Palladium

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