One-step synthesis of cyclohexanone from benzene with O2/H 2 catalyzed by ruthenium diaminodiphosphine complex

Wei Xiong Pan, Rick W K WONG*, Xian Qing Qiu, Fu Wa LEE

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Cyclohexanone can be one-step synthesized from benzene catalyzed by a ruthenium diaminodiphosphine complex with 65% selectivity (35% phenol as by-product) and TOF = 63 h-1 at 130°C and 5 MPa (O 2/H2 = 1) pressure. chemical equation presented This shows that hydroxylation (oxidation) and hydrogenation (reduction), which normally required totally noncompatible conditions and catalysts, can proceed in a "one-pot" manner by using one metal complex catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cyclohexanone
  • One-step synthesis
  • Ru complex


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