Graphite as a highly efficient and stable catalyst for the production of lactones

Yue Fang Li, Ming Qi Guo, Shuang Feng Yin*, Lang Chen, Yong Bo Zhou, Ren Hua Qiu, Chak Tong AU

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Abstract

The carbon materials carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphite, and activated carbon were tested as metal-free catalysts. They showed excellent activity and selectivity in the Baeyer-Villiger (B-V) oxidation of cyclohexanone at room temperature using dioxygen (O2) as oxidant and benzaldehyde as sacrificial agent. Among them graphite was found to be the most suitable for the formation of lactones from cyclic ketones, showing good recyclability and reusability. The use of the metal-free catalysts enables a green process for the production of lactones from ketones under mild reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalCarbon
Volume55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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