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Discovery of Multicomponent Heterogeneous Catalysts via Admixture Screening: PdBiTe Catalysts for Aerobic Oxidative Esterification of Primary Alcohols

David S. Mannel, Maaz S. Ahmed, Thatcher W. Root* and Shannon S. Stahl*

*Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, United States, Email:,

D. S. Mannel, M. S. Ahmed, T. W. Root, S. S. Stahl, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 1690-1698.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b12722

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Screening of simple binary and ternary admixtures of Pd/charcoal in combination with one or two metal and/or metalloid components as the catalyst for aerobic oxidative methyl esterification of primary alcohols revealed two very effective catalyst compositions. One was used in batch aerobic oxidation reactions, whereas the other achieved nearly 60 000 turnovers in a continuous-flow packed-bed reactor with no apparent loss of catalytic activity.

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Key Words

oxygen, oxidation of alcohols, oxidative esterification

ID: J48-Y2017