Tuning hydrophilic properties of carbon nanotubes: A challenge for enhancing selectivity in Pd catalyzed alcohol oxidation
CNTs were prepared by CCVD and functionalized with inorganic acid, with the aim to study the effect of the surface properties on the catalytic performance in the selective alcohol oxidation using polar (water) and apolar (cyclohexane) solvent. The match between properties of the reactant and the solvent allows tuning the selectivity of the reaction.
Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (207 K)Download as PowerPoint slideHighlights► The paper report synthesis of Pd supported nanoparticles on CNTs with different functionalization. ► It is present a relationship between surface hydrophilicity/solvent and catalytic activity. ► It is possible to tune the activity/selectivity of a reaction by accurately matching the hydrophilicity of the surface.
Journal: Catalysis Today - Volume 186, Issue 1, 1 June 2012, Pages 76–82