Tuning the photocatalytic activity of bismuth wolframate: Towards selective oxidations for the biorefinery driven by solar-light

Riccardo Delisi, Francesco Parrino, Leonardo Palmisano, Riccardo Delisi, Rosaria Ciriminna, Mario Pagliaro

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Abstract

The sol-gel entrapment of nanostructured Bi2WO6enhances the activity and the selectivity of the short-gap semiconductor in the sunlight-driven photo-oxidation of trans-ferulic and trans-cinnamic acid dissolved in water with air as the primary oxidant. Valuable products such as vanillin, benzaldehyde, benzoic acid and vanillic acid are obtained. This provides the proof of concept that photocatalysis could be a promising technology in tomorrow's solar biorefineries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7521-7524
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Volume53
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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