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Enhancing the Catalytic Properties of Ruthenium Nanoparticle-SILP Catalysts by Dilution with Iron

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posted on 10.05.2016, 17:48 by Kylie L. Luska, Alexis Bordet, Simon Tricard, Ilya Sinev, Wolfgang Grünert, Bruno Chaudret, Walter Leitner
The partial replacement of ruthenium by iron (“dilution”) provided enhanced catalytic activities and selectivities for bimetallic iron–ruthenium nanoparticles immobilized on a supported ionic liquid phase (FeRuNPs@SILP). An organometallic synthetic approach to the preparation of FeRuNPs@SILP allowed for a controlled and flexible incorporation of Fe into bimetallic FeRu NPs. The hydrogenation of substituted aromatic substrates using bimetallic FeRuNPs@SILP showed high catalytic activities and selectivities for the reduction of a variety of unsaturated moieties without saturation of the aromatic ring. The formation of a bimetallic phase not only leads to an enhanced differentiation of the hydrogenation selectivity, but even reversed the order of functional group hydrogenation in certain cases. In particular, bimetallic FeRuNPs@SILP (Fe:Ru = 25:75) were found to exhibit accelerated reaction rates for CO hydrogenation within furan-based substrates which were >4 times faster than monometallic RuNPs@SILP. Thus, the controlled incorporation of the non-noble metal into the bimetallic phase provided novel catalytic properties that could not be obtained using either of the monometallic catalysts.

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