Recent Advances in Catalysis for Efficient Process Chemistry
Steven M. Cenci, Liam R. Cox and Gary A. Leeke
Affiliation: Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK B15 2TT.
This mini-review provides a critical analysis of recent patents published in the fields of catalysis, more specifically
in the context of improving process efficiency. The selectivity, yield and activity of homogeneous and heterogeneous
catalysts in relation to both batch and flow processes are discussed. Major breakthroughs in the development of heterogeneous
catalysts are covered with a particular emphasis on the use of microencapsulating technologies in C-C bond-
forming and hydrogenation reactions. Special attention is given to the use of supercritical CO2 as a green solvent. Finally,
as many catalytic reactions and processes will benefit from the highly ‘tuneable’ and functional nature of macromolecular
structures, recent progress in synthetic polymer chemistry is discussed, especially in relation to emerging nanoscale polymeric
catalysts, and highly porous frameworks with surface areas greater than 5000 m2 g-1.
Keywords: Encapsulation, flow chemistry, green chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, polymers, supercritical CO2, HYDROGENATION, HYDROFORMYLATION, POLYMERISATION, CARBON-CARBON BOND.
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