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Dr. Laurent Piccolo, Dr. Salim Nassreddine, Guy Toussaint and Dr. Christophe Geantet Mechanism of Tetralin Ring Opening and Contraction over Bifunctional Ir/SiO2-Al2O3 Catalysts ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 2 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200080

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This way or that way: The mechanism of tetralin hydroconversion over iridium supported on amorphous silica–alumina is shown to involve parallel acidic steps (green arrows) and metallic steps (violet arrows). The selectivity to ring opening/contraction products increases linearly with the acid/metal site ratio.

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