Zirconium-based Catalysts

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This chapter focuses on the recent catalytic examples of the use of zirconium for sustainable chemical applications. Zirconium is mostly utilised as a Lewis-acid catalyst. It is not as prevalent as titanium(iv) in catalysis but does offer advantages in terms of catalytic activity and selectivity. The chapter will deal with polymerisation (ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters and carbon dioxide/epoxides), activation of carbon dioxide and the utility of ZrO2 in heterogeneous catalysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Catalysis:
Subtitle of host publicationWith Non-endangered Metals, Part 1
EditorsMichael North
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78262-211-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-78262-638-1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameGreen Chemistry Series
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Electronic)1759-7039


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