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Bottom‐Up Meets Top‐Down: Patchy Hybrid Nonwovens as an Efficient Catalysis Platform


Bottom-Up Meets Top-Down: Patchy Hybrid Nonwovens as an Efficient Catalysis Platform
Judith Schöbel, Matthias Burgard, Christian Hils, Dr. Roland Dersch, Dr. Martin Dulle, Kirsten Volk, Prof. Dr. Matthias Karg, Prof. Dr. Andreas Greiner, Dr. Holger Schmalz
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 405-408.

Heterogeneous catalysis with supported nanoparticles (NPs) is a highly active field of research. However, the efficient stabilization of NPs without deteriorating their catalytic activity is challenging. By combining top-down (coaxial electrospinning) and bottom-up (crystallization-driven self-assembly) approaches, we prepared patchy nonwovens with functional, nanometer-sized patches on the surface. These patches can selectively bind and efficiently stabilize gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The use of these AuNP-loaded patchy nonwovens in the alcoholysis of dimethylphenylsilane led to full conversion under comparably mild conditions and in short reaction times. The absence of gold leaching or a slowing down of the reaction even after ten subsequent cycles manifests the excellent reusability of this catalyst system. The flexibility of the presented approach allows for easy transfer to other nonwoven supports and catalytically active NPs, which promises broad applicability.

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