A cross-linked polyethyleneimine polymer containing the [ZnWZn 2(H2O)2(ZnW9O34) 2]12- polyoxometalate was prepared from branched polyethyleneimine (Mw = 600), the polyoxometalate, and a n-octylamine-epichlorohydrin cross-linking reagent. This catalytic assembly was active for the selective oxidation of 2-alkanols to 2-alkanones with aqueous H2O2 with reactions presumably occurring at a hydrophobic domain. Most importantly, the catalyst showed distinctive lipophiloselectivity, that is selectivity as a function of the lipophilic nature of a reaction substrate. The lipophiloselectivity was proportional to the relative partition coefficient (1-octanol/water) of the substrates.
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