Industrial aspects of aqueous catalysis

Boy Cornils, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, R. W. Eckl

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In recent years aqueous two-phase catalysis has conquered its own field of homogeneously catalysed processes and has already achieved industrial scale importance in hydroformylation. Because it has a number of advantages (ease of separation of catalyst and product, catalysts can be matched very precisely to the particular problem and thus tailor-made, use of special properties and effects of water as a solvent and reaction solvent, environmentally benign process) its importance and application will grow further. So far, scientific research has mainly concentrated on the preparation of water-soluble ligands and their metal complexes, but the outstanding features and effects of water-based catalysts in different types of reactions need to be rationalised with regard to their special mechanistic and kinetic aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 24 Feb 1997


  • Aqueous-phase homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydroformylation


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