A Tuneable Bifunctional Water-Compatible Heterogeneous Catalyst for the Selective Aqueous Hydrogenation of Phenols

Authors

  • Hongli Liu,

    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, People's Republic of China
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  • Yingwei Li,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, People's Republic of China
    • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, People's Republic of China
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  • Rafael Luque,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Edif. Marie Curie, Ctra Nnal IVa, Km 396, 14014 Córdoba, Spain
    • Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Edif. Marie Curie, Ctra Nnal IVa, Km 396, 14014 Córdoba, Spain
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  • Huanfeng Jiang

    1. School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

A water-tolerant bifunctional heterogeneous catalyst is able to effectively catalyse the selective hydrogenation of phenol to cyclohexanone in water at atmospheric pressure and room temperature with >99.9% selectivity to cyclohexanone at phenol conversions >99.9%. The catalyst was found to be highly active and reusable, giving identical activities and selectivities after >5 uses. Moreover, this reported simple bifunctional catalyst is also able to hydrogenate a range of substituted phenols in high yields under the investigated aqueous conditions.

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