Aerobic Oxidative Dehydrogenations Catalyzed by the Mixed-Addenda Heteropolyanion PV2Mo10O405-: A Kinetic and Mechanistic Study

Ronny Neumann, Michal Levin

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The aerobic oxidative dehydrogenation of α-terpinene to p-cymene catalyzed by the mixed-addenda heteropolyanion PV2Mo10O405- has been used to investigate the oxidation mechanism catalyzed by this class of compounds. The kinetics of the reaction show it to be zero order in α-terpinene, first order in dioxygen, and second order in the heteropolyanion catalyst. The kinetic results along with the use of UV-vis, ESR, 31P NMR, and IR spectroscopy have enabled the formulation of a reaction scheme involving the formation of a stable substrate-catalyst complex in the catalyst reduction (substrate oxidation) stage and a μ-peroxo catalyst intermediate in the catalyst reoxidation stage where dioxygen is reduced to water in a four-electron redox reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7278-7286
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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