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Hydroxylation of Benzene to Phenol under Air and Carbon Monoxide Catalyzed by Molybdovanadophosphoric Acid

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  • Masayuki Tani,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and High Technology Research Center, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Fax: (+81) 6-6339-4026
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  • Takao Sakamoto,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and High Technology Research Center, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Fax: (+81) 6-6339-4026
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  • Shuichi Mita,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and High Technology Research Center, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Fax: (+81) 6-6339-4026
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  • Satoshi Sakaguchi,

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and High Technology Research Center, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Fax: (+81) 6-6339-4026
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  • Yasutaka Ishii Prof.

    1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and High Technology Research Center, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Fax: (+81) 6-6339-4026
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  • This work was partially supported by MEXT.KAKENHI (No.15750095).

Abstract

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The simpler, the better: Phenol is synthesized by the direct oxidation of benzene under air (15 atm) and CO (10 atm) with molybdovanadophosphoric acid as the catalyst (see scheme). Activated molecular oxygen serves as the oxidant and phenol is produced in 28 % yield. The catalyst can be recovered and reused.

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