Topics in Catalysis

, 54:1026 | Cite as

Size-Selective Oxidation of Aldehydes with Zeolite Encapsulated Gold Nanoparticles

  • Karen T. Højholt
  • Anders B. LaursenEmail author
  • Søren Kegnæs
  • Claus H. Christensen
Original Paper


Here, we report a synthesis and catalytic study of hybrid materials comprised of 1–3 nm sinter-stable Au nanoparticles in MFI-type zeolites. An optional post-treatment in aqua regia effectively remove Au from the external surfaces. The size-selective aerobic aldehyde oxidation verifies that the active Au is accessible only through the zeolite micropores.


Catalysis Gold Zeolite Aerobic oxidation Size-selectivity 



The Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry is sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Eva Charlotte Bendixen and Aino Nielsen at Haldor Topsøe A/S for obtaining the TEM and SEM images, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen T. Højholt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anders B. Laursen
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Søren Kegnæs
    • 2
  • Claus H. Christensen
    • 4
  1. 1.Haldor Topsøe A/SLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Technical University of DenmarkCenter for Catalysis and Sustainable ChemistryLyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering & Department of PhysicsCenter for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, Technical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  4. 4.LORC (Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center)MunkeboDenmark

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