The fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation and selected relevant examples are reviewed in this chapter. Using simple hydrocarbon molecules, it is illustrated how chemisorption on transition metal and alloy surfaces influence the rate and selectivity of various hydrogenation reactions. Then, we focus our attention on the manufacture of commercially important chemicals with selective hydrogenation. Our examples include acetylene and butadiene hydrogenation, chemoselective reduction of acrolein to allyl alcohol, methanation, methanol synthesis, and asymmetric hydrogenation.
|Title of host publication||Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II (Second Edition)|
|Subtitle of host publication||From Elements to Applications|
|Number of pages||37|
|Publication status||Published - aug. 1 2013|
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