An evaluation of polyethylene glycol as a catalyst in liquid-gas phase transfer catalysis: the base-catalyzed isomerization of allylbenzene

Ronny Neumann, Yoel Sasson

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The gas-phase base-catalyzed isomerization of allylbenzene has been used as a model reaction to evaluate the activity of polyethylene glycol in liquid-gas phase transfer catalysis by-use of pulse reaction kinetics. Polyethylene glycol-potassium carbonate complexes adsorb the allylbenzene and reaction occurs at the catalyst interface. The activity of the catalyst is determined by two factors: the equilibrium of adsorption of the organic substrate and the solvation of the carbonate anion. We have found that polyethylene glycol adsorbs poorly vis-à-vis high surface area γ-alumina, and that solvation of the carbonate anion by the polyethylene glycol also reduces its activity. Carbonate anions impregnated on γ-alumina are not solvated and therefore have high activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985


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