The transformation of glucose represents a topic of great interest at diferent levels. In the first place, glucose is currently conceived as a green feedstock for the sustainable production of chemicals. Secondly, the depletion of glucose at the cellular level is currently envisioned as a promising strategy to treat and alter the erratic metabolism of tumoral cells. The use of natural enzymes offers multiple advantages in terms of specificity towards the glucose substrate but may lack sufficient robustness and recyclability beyond the optimal operating conditions of these natural systems. In the present work, we have evaluated the potential use of an inorganic based nanohybrid containing gold nanoparticles supported onto ordered mesoporous supports. We have performed different assays that corroborate the enzyme-mimicking response of these inorganic surrogates towards the selective conversion of glucose into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, we conclude that these enzyme-like mimicking surrogates can operate at diferent pH ranges and under mild reaction conditions, can be recycled multiple times and maintain excellent catalytic response in comparison with other gold-based catalysts.
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