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Low-temperature aerobic oxidation of decane using an oxygen-free radical initiator

Lloyd, Rhys, Jenkins, Robert Leyshon, Piccinini, Marco, He, Qian, Kiely, Christopher John, Carley, Albert Frederick, Golunski, Stanislaw E., Bethell, Donald, Bartley, Jonathan Keith and Hutchings, Graham John 2011. Low-temperature aerobic oxidation of decane using an oxygen-free radical initiator. Journal of Catalysis 283 (2) , pp. 161-167. 10.1016/j.jcat.2011.08.003

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The direct selective oxidation of long chain alkanes by O2 is a highly demanding reaction. We have shown that it is possible to oxidise n-decane in the presence of the oxygen-free radical initiator azobisisobutyronitrile. Formation of a range of oxygenated products has been observed under relatively mild conditions (70 °C in air). Although the presence of a catalyst is not essential when the initiator is used, ceria-based catalysts have been found to increase the selectivity to alcohols by modifying the oxyfunctionalisation of decane.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alkane oxidation; Radical initiator; Cerium oxide; Gold catalysis
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0021-9517
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:43

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