Reversible hydrogenation and acceptorless dehydrogenation of organic molecules would enable pre-existing technologies and infrastructure to be leveraged for the storage and transport of hydrogen. We report the synthesis of active Pd/TiO2 catalysts prepared by sol immobilisation for the acceptorless dehydrogenation of 1-phenylethanol to acetophenone with evolution of molecular hydrogen. The catalyst converts 1-phenylethanol with a TOF of 3600 mol1-PE h−1 molPd−1 while maintaining high selectivity (>95%) at over 80% conversion. This represents a 3.5 x increase in catalytic activity with comparable selectivity over commercially available 5% Pd/C catalysts.
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