New book chapter in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Catalysis

We are pleased to announce a new book chapter from the NICE group: “Titano-silicates: highlights on development, evolution and application in oxidative catalysis”, by Ayomi S. Perera and Marc-Olivier Coppens, in the Royal Society of Chemistry book series, Catalysis: Volume 28, 2016, 28, 119-143. DOI:10.1039/9781782626855-00119. First published 22nd Feb 2016.



Titano-silicates are a class of highly useful zeolite materials, predominantly used as heterogeneous catalysts in selective oxidation. This chapter reviews the history and significant advances in synthesis, characterisation and application of various types of titano-silicates. In particular, selective oxidation catalysis of alkenes to epoxides is discussed in detail as a key application of the material, while highlighting its potential in green chemical processes. Finally, a brief overview of recent advances and future prospects is given.

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