"Design and Applications of Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts: Contributions to Green Chemistry, Clean Technology and Sustainability"
Platinum Metals Review
Introduction In 2010 Sir John Meurig Thomas was awarded the Gerhard Ertl Lecture award by the Max Planck Institutes of Berlin. As a result of the lecture he has subsequently written the book entitled "Design and Applications of Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts: Contributions to Green Chemistry, Clean Technology and Sustainability". The work is as expected rather eloquently written by a leader in the fi eld and successfully attempts to summarise the huge volume of work published over the last
... ished over the last decades. The book is split into three sections: fi rstly the reader is introduced to the concept of single-site heterogeneous catalysis with emphasis placed on the difference between materials such as aluminosilicates and immobilised homogeneous catalysts and the similarities between single-site heterogeneous catalysts and enzymes. The second and third sections are then divided between the use of microporous and mesoporous materials as single-site heterogeneous catalysts and how such materials can be used to eradicate the need for either hazardous or stoichiometric reagents. There are numerous examples of high quality work utilising single-site materials to modernise and improve the green credentials of reactions of industrial and academic interest, and two chapters deal with catalysis involving platinum group metals (pgms).