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Oxidative carboxylation of 1-decene to 1,2-decylene carbonate

Engel, Rebecca V., Alsaiari, Raiedhah, Nowicka, Ewa ORCID:, Pattisson, Samuel, Miedziak, Peter J., Kondrat, Simon A., Morgan, David J. ORCID: and Hutchings, Graham J. ORCID: 2018. Oxidative carboxylation of 1-decene to 1,2-decylene carbonate. Topics in Catalysis 61 (5-6) , pp. 509-518. 10.1007/s11244-018-0900-y

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Cyclic carbonates are valuable chemicals for the chemical industry and thus, their efficient synthesis is essential. Commonly, cyclic carbonates are synthesised in a two-step process involving the epoxidation of an alkene and a subsequent carboxylation to the cyclic carbonate. To couple both steps into a direct oxidative carboxylation reaction would be desired from an economical view point since additional work-up procedures can be avoided. Furthermore, the efficient sequestration of CO2, a major greenhouse gas, would also be highly desirable. In this work, the oxidative carboxylation of 1-decene is investigated using supported gold catalysts for the epoxidation step and tetrabutylammonium bromide in combination with zinc bromide for the cycloaddition of carbon dioxide in the second step. The compatibility of the catalysts for both steps is explored and a detailed study of catalyst deactivation using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy is reported. Promising selectivity of the 1,2-decylene carbonate is observed using a one-pot two-step approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1022-5528
Funders: ERC and EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 5 December 2017
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 19:17

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