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Elena Rozhko, Dr. Katerina Raabova, Francesco Macchia, Andrea Malmusi, Prof. Paolo Righi, Pasquale Accorinti, Stefano Alini, Pierpaolo Babini, Prof. Giuseppina Cerrato, Dr. Maela Manzoli and Prof. Fabrizio Cavani Oxidation of 1,2-Cyclohexanediol to Adipic Acid with Oxygen: A Study Into Selectivity-Affecting Parameters ChemCatChem 5

Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200825

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The synthesis of adipic acid through aerobic oxidative cleavage of trans-1,2-cyclohexanediol is investigated under basic and acid conditions. In the former case, supported Ru(OH)3 catalysts are active but poorly selective, owing to side reactions starting from the key reaction intermediate 1,2-cyclohexanedione. Under acidic conditions, Keggin polyoxometalates are selective to adipic acid, but this then reacts with the unconverted reactant to yield esters.

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