Few layer 2D pnictogens catalyze the alkylation of soft nucleophiles with esters.

Vicent Lloret, Miguel Ángel Rivero–Crespo, José Alejandro Vidal–Moya, Stefan Wild, Antonio Doménech–Carbó, Bettina S. J. Heller, Sunghwan Shin, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier, Frank Hauke, Maria Varela, Andreas Hirsch, Antonio Leyva–Pérez & Gonzalo Abellán
Group 15 elements in zero oxidation state (P, As, Sb and Bi), also called pnictogens, are rarely used in catalysis due to the difficulties associated in preparing well–structured and stable materials. Here, we report on the synthesis of highly exfoliated, few layer 2D phosphorene and antimonene in zero oxidation state, suspended in an ionic liquid, with the native atoms ready to interact with external reagents while avoiding aerobic or aqueous decomposition pathways, and on their...
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