Au-Pd alloy nanoparticle catalyzed selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol and tandem synthesis of imines at ambient conditions

Cui, Wenjing, Xiao, Qi, Sarina, Sarina, Ao, Wulan, Xie, Mengxia, Zhu, Huai Yong, & Zhaorigetu, Bao (2014) Au-Pd alloy nanoparticle catalyzed selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol and tandem synthesis of imines at ambient conditions. Catalysis Today, 235, pp. 152-159.

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Alloy nanoparticles (NPs) of gold and palladium on ZrO2 support (Au–Pd@ZrO2) were found to be highly active in oxidation of benzyl alcohols and can be used for the tandem synthesis of imines from benzyl alcohols and amines via a one-pot, two-step process at mild reaction conditions. The first step of the process is oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde, excellent yields were achieved after 7 h reaction at 40 °C without addition of any base. In the second step, aniline was introduced into the reaction system to produced N-benzylideneaniline. The benzaldehyde obtained in the first step was completely consumed within 1 h. A range of benzyl alcohols and amines were investigated for the general applicability of the Au–Pd alloy catalysts. It is found that the performance of the catalysts depends on the Au–Pd metal contents and composition. The optimal catalyst is 3.0 wt% Au–Pd@ZrO2 with a Au:Pd molar ratio 1:1. The alloy NP catalyst exhibited superior catalytic properties to pure AuNP or PdNP because the surface of alloy NPs has higher charge heterogeneity than that of pure metal NPs according to simulation of density function theory (DFT)

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ID Code: 88634
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Tandem synthesis, Gold and palladium alloy nanoparticles, Benzyl alcohol, Amine, Imine
DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.04.015
ISSN: 0920-5861
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2014 Elsevier B.V
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2015 23:39
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 23:39

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