Dehydrogenative Coupling of Toluene Promoted by Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
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We report here the formation of carbon–carbon bonds via carbon-hydrogen bond activation catalysed by multi-walled carbon nanotubes (mwcnts), the catalytic activity of which is influenced by nanocarbon morphology and structure. Control of nanocarbon defects and edges allows the realisation of a high-performance carbon-based catalyst that can replace its metal-based counterparts.
KeywordsDehydrogenative coupling MWCNTS Toluene C-H bond activation Carbocatalyst
The authors gratefully acknowledge W. Chen for his contribution to XPS measurements, T. Yamazaki for his contribution to ESR measurements and H. Suzuki for his contribution to NMR. This work was financially supported by JST SICORP, ANR (ANR-15-JTIC-0002-01), and the Egyptian government.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.