Can Gold be an Effective Catalyst for the Deacon Reaction?

Grazia Malta, Simon R. Dawson, Samuel Pattisson, Miles M. Edwards, Simon J. Freakley, Nicholas F. Dummer, Ekkehard Schwab, Michael Bender, J. Henrique Teles, Graham J. Hutchings

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Abstract: The Deacon reaction is an important industrial process for the oxidation of hydrogen chloride, thereby enabling chlorine to be recycled. As gold is an efficient catalyst for reactions involving hydrogen chloride and oxygen, we have studied the use of gold as a potential catalyst for the Deacon reaction. Unfortunately, gold displays only limited activity; however, this is markedly increased if hydrogen is cofed as a reactant. Graphic Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalysis Letters
Early online date8 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Apr 2020


  • Chlorine
  • Deacon process
  • Gold catalyst
  • Hydrogen chloride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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