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

Lloyd, Rhys, Jenkins, Robert Leyshon, Piccinini, Marco ORCID:, He, Qian, Kiely, Christopher John ORCID:, Carley, Albert Frederick, Golunski, Stanislaw E. ORCID:, Bethell, Donald, Bartley, Jonathan Keith ORCID: and Hutchings, Graham John ORCID: 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: 18 Oct 2022 13:13

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