Sol-gel entrapped heteronuclear transition metal catalysts

Jochanan Blum*, Faina Gelman, Raed Abu-Reziq, Irena Miloslavski, Herbert Schumann, David Avnir

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The heteronuclear complexes [(CO)4Fe(μ-PPh2)Pd(μ-Cl)2]2, [Et4N] [FeCo3(CO)12] and Rh2Co2(CO)12 were physically entrapped in SiO2-sol-gel matrices. The doped materials, so formed, were utilized as recyclable catalysts for (a) selective isomerization of 1-octene, (b) selective dimerization of norbornadiene to 'binor-S', and (c) hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis of styrene, nitrobenzene and 1-chloronaphthalene, respectively. During the hydrogenation of the nitrobenzene and of chloronaphthalene, the dodecacarbonylbis(cobalt)dirhodium was converted into sol-gel entrapped carbonyl-free nanoparticles that efficiently catalyze the reduction of the aromatic C-C bonds. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd All rights reserved.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the German–Israel Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), the US–Israel Binational Science Foundation and the Israel Science Foundation for financial support of this study. DA also thanks the Israel Ministry of Science for an Infrastructure fund.


  • Heteronuclear catalysts
  • Immobilization
  • Nanoparticles
  • Sol-gel matrices


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