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Single Atom Catalyst for Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation

Single Atom Catalyst for Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation


Unmet Need: Stable, cheaper and easy to process Pd catalysts

Transition metal catalyzed carbon-carbon cross-coupling reactions are among the most important processes in organic chemistry. Homogeneous Pd catalyzed reactions have been widely used in both laboratory and industry and are very efficient, but the transformations using this catalyst are highly dependent on the use of special ligands like phosphine complexes. The reactions need to be carried out under inert atmosphere or harsh reaction conditions at times. The ligands are also unstable and the process to prepare those can be complicated and costly. Ligand-free Pd catalysts do exist but are expensive, difficult to recover and reuse or involve challenging processes.


The Technology: PPM level single-atom catalysts prepared via co-precipitation method

To overcome the above mentioned problems, single-atom catalysts with isolated metal atoms located individually on solid supports have been explored. Researchers at WSU have synthesized, characterized and studied the catalytic performance of the single Pd atom catalyst anchored in bi-metal oxides prepared through co-precipitation method. 



•       Pharmaceutical applications to prepare drugs.



•       Prepared through simple co-precipitation method.

•       Can be produced at massive scale and low cost.


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