Mihaela Florea

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The synthesis of terephthalic acid from biomass remains an unsolved challenge. In this study, we conducted the selective oxidation of p-cymene (synthesized from biodegradable terpenes, limonene, or eucalyptol) into terephthalic acid over a Mn-Fe mixed-oxide heterogeneous catalyst. The impact of various process parameters (oxidant, temperature, reaction(More)
A neutral 3D metal-organic framework, (3)(∞)[Cu(2)(mand)(2)(hmt)]·H(2)O (1), was constructed from binuclear Cu(2)O(2) alkoxo-bridged nodes, generated by the doubly deprotonated mandelic acid. The nodes are connected by hexamethylenetetramine (hmt) spacers, which act as biconnective bridging ligands, and by carboxylato groups. Channels are observed along the(More)
Catalysis makes possible a chemical reaction by increasing the transformation rate. Hydrogenation of carbon-carbon multiple bonds is one of the most important examples of catalytic reactions. Currently, this type of reaction is carried out in petrochemistry at very large scale, using noble metals such as platinum and palladium or first row transition metals(More)
Graphene obtained by pyrolysis of alginate at 900 °C under inert atmosphere and exfoliation is used as a metal-free catalyst for reduction of nitro to amino groups with hydrogen as a reagent. The process is general for aromatic and aliphatic, conjugated and isolated nitro groups, and occurs with low selectivity over hydrogenation of carbon-carbon double(More)
Development of new sensitive materials by different synthesis routes in order to emphasize the sensing properties for hazardous H2S detection is one of a nowadays challenge in the field of gas sensors. In this study we obtained mesoporous SnO2-CuWO4 with selective sensitivity to H2S by an inexpensive synthesis route with low environmental pollution level,(More)
Herein, we report on the pure and almost pure near-infrared (NIR) emission at around 807 nm observed for Tm(Yb) (co)-doped CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) under UV, X-ray and NIR up-conversion excitation. The optical responses are attributed to the low-lying charge-transfer of CeO2 that acts as a selective antenna sensitizer of the Tm (3)H4 emission and Yb doping(More)
We investigate the effects of heterovalent co-dopants on the structural and emission properties of 1% Er-CeO2 nanoparticles. The CeO2 oxide host was selected on the basis of its fairly well-understood defect chemistry in either a pure or doped state. As a luminescent activator, Er is acknowledged as an interesting element due to its rich luminescence and(More)
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