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Fine-Bubble-Based Strategy for the Palladium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Nitro Groups: Measurement of Ultrafine Bubbles in Organic SolventsThis work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (No. 15H03844) for scientific research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Received: 21 April 2017
Accepted after revision: 11 May 2017
06 July 2017 (online)
Fine bubbles of hydrogen were employed as a new reaction medium for the autoclave-free gas–liquid–solid multiphase hydrogenation of nitro groups on a multigram scale. Furthermore, ultrafine bubbles were examined by nanoparticle-tracking analysis in organic solvents.
Key wordsmicrobubbles - ultrafine bubbles - hydrogenation - heterogeneous catalysis - green chemistry - nitro compounds
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Although UFBs appear to be specific to water and aqueous solutions according to a first report,6a ‘surface UFBs’ have been observed in solvents such as formamide, ethylammonium nitrate, and propylammonium nitrate, but not in propylene carbonate or dimethyl sulfoxide.6b To date it is thought that bubbles generated in nonaqueous solutions are not stable and disappear rapidly: