Increased Dispersion of Supported Gold during Methanol Carbonylation Conditions

Alexandre Goguet, Christopher Hardacre, I. Harvey, Narasimharao Katabathini, Youssef Saih, Jacinto De Paiva Sa

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The active site in supported gold catalysts for the carbonylation of methanol has been identified as dimers/trimers of gold which are formed from large gold particles >10 nm in diameter. Methyl iodide was found to be critical for this dispersion process and to maintain the catalyst in the active form. This study also shows that it may be possible to redisperse gold catalysts, in general, after reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6973
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number20
Early online date30 Apr 2009
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • General Chemistry


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