Patent Number: 6,307,116

Title: Transition metal aerogel-supported catalyst

Abstract: A process for preparing a supported catalyst comprising a transition metal selected from palladium, platinum, nickel, cobalt or copper on an aerogel support, which includes the steps of providing a mixture containing an alkoxide precursor of the aerogel, a chelate complex of the transition metal with a chelating agent having Si(OR).sub.3 anchor groups, and an organic solvent in which the chelate complex is soluble; hydrolyzing the mixture by admixing it with water to form a gel; and converting the gel under supercritical conditions into the transition metal aerogel-supported catalyst. The supported catalyst has an especially homogeneous distribution of the metal component and is suitable, for example, for use as a hydrogenation catalyst.

Inventors: Heinrichs; Benoî ;t (B-4020 Liege, BE), Pirard; Jean-Paul (B-4032 Liege, BE), Pirard; Rene (B-4000 Liege, BE)

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International Classification: B01J 23/40 (20060101); B01J 37/00 (20060101); B01J 37/03 (20060101); C07C 005/02 (); C07C 005/03 (); C07C 005/05 (); C07C 005/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018