Reductive deprotection of monolayer protected nanoclusters: An efficient route to supported ultrasmall Au nanocatalysts for selective oxidation

Sayantani Das, Anandarup Goswami, Mahdi Hesari, Jafar F. Al-Sharab, Eliška Mikmeková, Flavio Maran, Tewodros Asefa

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The synthesis and investigation of the catalytic properties of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) is an area of intense research. Despite much effort being made to this field, attaining both high catalytic activity and selectivity at the same time remains elusive. Herein a new mild reductive thiolate-deprotection strategy is reported to prepare nanoporous silica-supported ultrasmall AuNP catalysts that show very efficient catalytic activity and high selectivity for oxidation reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1473-1478
Number of pages6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 24 2014



  • borohydride reduction
  • gold nanoclusters
  • heterogeneous nanocatalysis
  • selective oxidation
  • styrene oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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