Synopses & Reviews
Heterogeneous catalysis has been essential to the development of efficient chemical processes for more than a century, and this field has been traditionally part of the solid state chemistry and surface science communities. The design of better catalysts has raised the following questions: "what is the structure of the active sites?" and "how to control their nature?" The necessary need to develop more sustainable chemical processes and the success of homogeneous catalysis relying on molecular organometallic chemistry has led the community of molecular chemists to investigate the preparation of single-site heterogeneous catalysts. The authors discuss the molecular design, the preparation, the characterisation and the catalytic applications of well-defined oxides and metal particles. The readers will acquire a molecular understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, which will help them develop a critical view and which will attract them to study this fascinating field.
From the reviews: "The stated goal of this book ... is 'to show that molecular chemistry is also a tool for studying much larger systems, such as those involved in heterogeneous catalysis'. Overall, the book fully accomplishes the editors' goal and as a whole makes a cogent argument in support of the importance of detailed model studies for understanding complex organometallic processes at heterogeneous interfaces. The book could have used a comprehensive introductory chapter or preface that more clearly emphasized the motivation behind the solicited contributions and presented a cohesive overview. Previous volumes of this series have been clearly aided by such a section (i.e., Volumes 2-4, 7, and 9). Chapter 5 could easily have been adapted for this purpose because it reiterates the thesis statement of the volume. I would suggest that the novice or educational reader begin here. Scientists, upper-level graduate students, and post docs working in this field would greatly benefit by reading some or all of the excellent contributions that have been assembled in this volume. Although reasonably expensive for individual purchase, this 291-page book is highly recommended for purchase by academic and industrial libraries, especially as a component of the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry series. Additionally, the text is available on-line to subscribers." (Bradley J. Holliday, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 129 (12), 2007)
Table of Contents
A. Zecchina, E. Groppo, A. Damin and C. Prestino: Anatomy of Catalytic Centres in Phillips Ethylene Polymerization Catalyst.- S. Bordiga, A. Damin, F. Bonino and C. Lamberti: Single Site Catalyst for Partial Oxidation Reaction: TS-1 Case Study.- T. Don Tilley, K. Fujdala and R. Brutchey: Tailored Oxide Materials via Thermolytic Molecular Precursor (TMP) Methods.- T. Risse, H.-J. Freund: Spectroscopic Characterization of Organometallic Centers on Insulator Single Crystal Surfaces.- J. P. Candy, C. Copéret and J.-M. Basset: Analogy between Surface and Molecular Organometallic Chemistry.- B. C. Gates: Oxide- and Zeolite-Supported "Molecular" Metal Clusters: Synthesis, Structure, Bonding, and Catalytic Properties.- B. Chaudret: Synthesis and Surface Reactivity of Organometallic Nanoparticles.- A. Roucoux: Stabilized Noble Metal Nanoparticles: An Unavoidable Family of Catalysts for Arene Derivatives Hydrogenation.