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Appl. Chem., Vol. 72, No. 7, pp. 1289-1304,
Special Topic Issue on Green Chemistry
Cleaner industrial processes using hydrogen peroxide
William R. Sanderson
Consultant to Solvay SA, c/o Solvay Interox Ltd., P.O.
Box 7, Baronet Works, Warrington WA4 6HB, UK
Abstract: Recent research progress in catalytic systems for
potential use with hydrogen peroxide in industrial chemical synthesis
is reviewed, with special focus on work published in the last five years.
The main types of chemistry employed are critically appraised regarding
their suitability for industrial exploitation. The most significant
catalyst types are discussed in terms of the positive features identified
to date, and the obstacles yet to be surmounted in order to become more
widely adopted. It is believed that fully inorganic systems have more
scope for commercialization than those containing organic ligands or
supports, however robust. Critical targets are larger-pore analogs of
titanium silicalite TS-1, more exploration of smectite-based materials,
effective immobilization of activated metal peroxo systems, and improvements
in design and manipulation of polyoxometallate compounds. Cooperation
between branches of chemistry that have not traditionally worked closely
together is advocated.
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