University of Bari, Italy
Title: Nanostructured materials for green catalysis
Biography: Angelo Nacci
Transition-metal nanoparticles (NPs) are attracting a great deal of attention in almost any scientific and technological field, including catalysis, where nanoscale materials are becoming more prevalent in a wide range of applications such as fuel conversion, pollution abatement and fine chemical production. Nowadays, many researchers are exploiting the high activity and selectivity of nanocatalysts to develop greener and waste-minimized processes. During the last decade, we exploited nanostructured catalysts based on several metals like Pd, Cu, Au, Zn and Ti to perform a wide range of organometallic reactions (Heck, Suzuki, Ullmann, Stille, carbonylations, cyclopropanations, C-H activations, hydrodehalogenations and CO2 photoreduction) under environmentally friendly conditions given by the absence of phosphane ligands and using neoteric solvents (ionic liquids, water, emulsion mixtures and so on) as green reaction media. This lecture deals with our recent advances in controlling the catalyst performances by choosing properly the nature of both the ionic liquid and the nanocatalyst.