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Rocio Redon

Catalysis 2021
Rocio Redon, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Title : Heck catalysis of palladium nanoparticles obtained in different reducing systems


Palladium(0) nanoparticles have been widely used in cross coupling reactions, including Heck reactions. For this study, we obtained palladium(0) nanoparticles in colloidal suspension using different combinations of solvents and reducing methods under aerobic conditions. The variation in systems used to synthesize palladium(0) nanoparticles resulted in different nanoparticle sizes. To investigate whether the particle size had an effect on catalysis, we used two different temperature and reaction times as reaction conditions, without the use of stabilizing agents, other than the solvent and/or the anions in the initial nanoparticle synthesis. All of the palladium nanoparticles investigated, worked in the cross coupling C-C Heck reaction, but yields did not show appreciable differences when high temperature and long reaction times promote a high reduction of palladium(II). With the use of lower temperature and reaction time, the differences start to be observed. The best C-C catalysis conversion was observed when N,N-dimethylformamide was used as solvent in the absence of reducing agent and with sodium citrate as reducing agent. The obtained size of the nanoparticles act as a reservoir of soluble palladium species that behave as the true catalyst.


Dr. Rocío Redón obtained her B. Sc. in Chemistry in 1993 at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and her Ph. D. in the same University, in 2002. During her Ph. D. studies, she had the opportunity of joined different Chemistry research groups, in 1997 and 1998 with Prof J.R. Dilworth at Essex and Oxford Universities; in 1998 with Prof. Ana Albeniz, and with Prof. Craig Jensen from 1998 to 2001 at Hawaii University. She also joined the research group of Ashok Kakkar in McGill University from 2012 to 2013. Finally, after one year of postdoctoral fellowship she obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where she actually works on the synthesis and characterization dendrimers and nanocomposites dendrimer-noble metal NPs, studying their potential catalytic applications and drug delivery properties. She has published more than 40 research articles in SCI(E) journals.