The present invention provides a process for the production of hydrogen peroxide by direct catalytic reaction of hydrogen and oxygen that uses as a catalyst, a platinum group metal on an acidified support. The present invention also provides a sol-gel catalyst for use in the process and a process for the preparation of the catalyst.
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