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Portrait of Reine Wallenberg. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Reine Wallenberg

Professor, Coordinator Materials Science

Portrait of Reine Wallenberg. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Epoxidation of olefins with molecular oxygen as the oxidant using gold catalysts supported on polyoxometalates

Author

  • Emmanuel Tebandeke
  • Cristina Coman
  • Kevin Guillois
  • Griffin Canning
  • Evren Ataman
  • Jan Knudsen
  • Reine Wallenberg
  • Henry Ssekaalo
  • Joachim Schnadt
  • Ola Wendt

Summary, in English

4 We report a highly efficient green process for the epoxidation of various olefins using polyoxometalate-supported gold nanoparticles as catalysts and using oxygen as the terminal oxidant. The nanoparticles were prepared through thermal reduction of Au(III) and were characterised by TEM and XPS. The elemental composition of the catalyst was also determined using ICP. The results show that higher calcination temperatures give a higher degree of reduction, but also result in some sintering of the particles. The catalytic epoxidation reaction may be carried out with or without a solvent and with air or molecular oxygen as the stoichiometric oxidant and using t-butyl hydroperoxide as an initiator. The method shows consistently high conversions and >90% selectivity to epoxide formation for norbornene and cyclooctene oxidation. The catalysts show little deactivation with time and are easily recovered by filtration and can be reused with little or no loss in activity and selectivity.

Department/s

  • Centre for Analysis and Synthesis
  • Synchrotron Radiation Research

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

1586-1593

Publication/Series

Green Chemistry

Volume

16

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

Topic

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1463-9270