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Platinum Metals Rev., 1998, 42, (2), 72

Catalysis Technical Guide

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Johnson Matthey Chemicals North America has just published a “Catalysis Technical Guide”, containing information on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis using the platinum metals.

The “Heterogeneous Catalysis” section begins with a concise description of the critical factors to be considered in the design and selection of the most appropriate catalyst for each application. Commercially significant hydrogenations using powdered and particulate catalysts are described individually and specific catalysts are recommended. Hydrogenation of aromatic rings, aldehydes, ketones, nitro compounds and benzyl protecting groups are only a few examples of the reactions described.

The “Homogeneous Catalysis” section begins with a brief introduction to the concepts and terminology, key to understanding these processes. Among the synthetic reactions individually described are hydrogenation, isomerisation, carbonylation, Heck coupling and allylic alkylation. A section is devoted to the increasingly critical area of chiral homogeneous catalysis.

Each section has guidelines for the safe handling of catalysts. For more information contact: Johnson Matthey, telephone: (+1)(609) 384-7000 or (+1)(800) 444-1411; fax: (+1)(609) 384-7282.

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