Supported palladium nanoparticles synthesized by living plants as a catalyst for suzuki-miyaura reactions

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The metal accumulating ability of plants has previously been used to capture metal contaminants from the environment; however, the full potential of this process is yet to be realized. Herein, the first use of living plants to recover palladium and produce catalytically active palladium nanoparticles is reported. This process eliminates the necessity for nanoparticle extraction from the plant and reduces the number of production steps compared to traditional catalyst palladium on carbon. These heterogeneous plant catalysts have demonstrated high catalytic activity in Suzuki coupling reactions between phenylboronic acid and a range of aryl halides containing iodo-, bromo- and chloro- moieties.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere87192
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2014

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