Increased dispersion of supported gold during methanol carbonylation conditions

Alexandre Goguet, Christopher Hardacre*, Ian Harvey, Katabathini Narasimharao, Youssef Saih, Jacinto 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)6973-6975
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 27 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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