Catalytic oxidation with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by 'sandwich' type transition metal substituted polyoxometalates

Ronny Neumann, Alexander M. Khenkin, David Juwiler, Hagit Miller, Mohammad Gara

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The oxidation of organic substrates catalyzed by 'sandwich' type transition metal substituted polyoxometalates of the general formula, Na(x)M2Zn3W19O68, (M = Ru, Mn, Zn, Pd, Pt, Co, Fe, Rh) was examined in three different reaction media. The manganese analog was dissolved in a 1,2-dichloroethane phase using a lipophilic quaternary ammonium counter cation. Various organic substrates were oxidized with 30% aqueous H2O2. Alkenes reactivity increased as a function of the nucleophilicity of the double bond, but decreased as a function of steric crowding in the cyclohexene series. Alkenols with primary hydroxyl groups reacted chemo- and stereoselectively to form the corresponding epoxy alcohols. On the other hand, alkenols with secondary hydroxyl units did not react chemoselectively; both ketones and epoxy alcohols were formed. Diols were oxidized in most cases to ketols, except for 1,4-butanediol which yielded γ-butyrolactone. Secondary amines yielded hydroxyl amines except for piperidine which reacted with the solvent. A manganese containing catalyst supported on a functionalized silica particle was as active and selective as the organic solvent containing biphasic system for the oxidation of alkenes and alkenols. Reactions were also carried out by dissolving Na(x)M2Zn3W19O68 in aqueous solutions of 30% H2O2, 70% t-butylhydroperoxide or 0.02 M potassium persulfate in the absence of solvent. Hydrogen peroxide degraded all the TMSP compounds. One degradation product was an effective and chemo- and stereoselective catalyst for the epoxidation of primary alkenols. In alcohol oxidation only the ruthenium precursor was active. For oxidations with 70% t-butylhydroperoxide all compounds were stable but only the Na11Ru2Zn3W19O68 compound was active. Alcohols were oxidized selectively, however, alkenols yielded a mixture of products. With persulfate, some catalytic effects were observed in double bond oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-183
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 14 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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