Nanoscale Adv. 2022 Sep 20;4(20):4321-4334. doi: 10.1039/d2na00559j. eCollection 2022 Oct 11.
Herein, a single-metal (Pd) site with high surface energy was stabilized and dispersed on a support (zirconia) via a stabilizing agent (phosphomolybdic acid) using a wet chemistry method. HRTEM and HAADF-STEM showed a highly uniform dispersion of Pd SASc on PMA/ZrO2. The Pd SASc showed superior catalytic activity (>99% conversion) for the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction, which was further feasible for catalyzing mechanistically different nitro hydrogenation reactions in tandem fusion under mild reaction conditions. This catalyst showed outstanding activity (100% conversion and 99% selectivity) with a substrate/catalyst ratio of 927 and TON of 918 using a very low amount of Pd (0.94 × 10-3 mmol) for the tandem Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling/nitro hydrogenation reaction. It also exhibited superior stability and reusability for up to three cycles without any change in its activity.