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2014, 7(9): 1254–1262

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-014-0488-x

Pd embedded in porous carbon (Pd@CMK-3) as an active catalyst for Suzuki reactions: Accelerating mass transfer to enhance the reaction rate

Zhencai Wang1, Wei Chen1 (*), Zhenliang Han1, Jie Zhu1, Na Lu1, Yun Yang1, Dekun Ma1, Ying Chen2, and Shaoming Huang1 (*)

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1 Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Carbon Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang 325027, China
2 ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216, Australia

Keywords: Pd, CMK-3, porous catalyst, Suzuki reactions, mass transfer
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Heterogeneous catalysts are promising candidates for use in organic reactions due to their advantages in separation, recovery, and environment compatibility. In this work, an active porous catalyst denoted as Pd embedded in porous carbon (Pd@CMK-3) has been prepared by a strategy involving immersion, ammonia- hydrolysis, and heating procedures. Detailed characterization of the catalyst revealed that Pd(0) and Pd(II) species co-exist and were embedded in the matrix of the porous carbon (CMK-3). The as-prepared catalyst has shown high activity toward Suzuki reactions. Importantly, if the reaction mixture was homogenized by two minutes of ultrasonication rather than magnetic stirring before heating, the resistance to mass transfer in the pore channels was significantly reduced. As a result, the reactions proceeded more rapidly and a four-fold increase in the turnover frequency (TOF) could be obtained. When the ultrasonication was employed throughout the entire reaction process, the conversion could also exceed 90% even without the protection of inert gas, and although the reaction temperature was lowered to 30 °C. This work provides a method for fabricating highly active porous carbon encapsulated Pd catalysts for Suzuki reactions and proves that the problem of mass transfer in porous catalysts can be conveniently resolved by ultrasonication without any chemical modification being necessary.
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Pd embedded in porous carbon (Pd@CMK-3) as an active catalyst for Suzuki reactions: Accelerating mass transfer to enhance the reaction rate. Nano Res. 2014, 7(9): 1254–1262 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-014-0488-x

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