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Ionothermal Synthesis of Zirconium Phosphates and Their Catalytic Behavior in the Selective Oxidation of Cyclohexane


  • The Chinese group was financially supported by the NSFC, China (Grant No.20573077, 50672063, 20825623) and Shanxi Natural Science Foundation for Young Scientists (Grant No.2008021014).


On their best behavior: Three zirconium compounds with one-, two-, and three-dimensional structures have been successfully synthesized by the ionothermal approach. The 3D zirconium phosphate (see picture; F green, H white, O red, P pink, Zr yellow) exhibits high catalytic performance, with a cyclohexane conversion ratio of 32 % and cyclohexanone selectivity of up to 83 %.

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