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Research Article | Open Access

Selective liquid phase oxidation of cyclohexane over Pt/CeO2–ZrO2–SnO2/SiO2 catalysts with molecular oxygen

Nobuhito IMANAKA( )Toshiyuki MASUIKazuya JYOKO
Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
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Partial oxidation of cyclohexane into cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol (KA-oil) is an industrially significant reaction for producing precursors for the synthesis of ε-caprolactam and adipic acid, which are the building blocks of nylon. However, to date, the cyclohexane conversion ratio has usually been limited to less than 6% to prevent further oxidation of the cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone targets. In this study, we report that Pt/CeO2–ZrO2–SnO2/SiO2, in which CeO2–ZrO2–SnO2 provide reactive oxygen molecules from inside the bulk, can act as efficient catalysts. Optimization of the catalyst composition and reaction conditions provided a cyclohexane conversion ratio of 24.1% and a total selectivity for cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone of 83.4% at 130 ℃ in 0.5 MPa (4.9 atm) air for 7 h over a 5wt%Pt/16wt%Ce0.68Zr0.17Sn0.15O2.0/SiO2 catalyst. This catalyst has significant advantages over conventional catalysts because the reaction proceeds at a lower pressure, and there is no need for toxic radical initiators or free-radical scavengers.


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Journal of Advanced Ceramics
Pages 111-117
Cite this article:
IMANAKA N, MASUI T, JYOKO K. Selective liquid phase oxidation of cyclohexane over Pt/CeO2–ZrO2–SnO2/SiO2 catalysts with molecular oxygen. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2015, 4(2): 111-117.








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Received: 07 November 2014
Revised: 09 December 2014
Accepted: 11 December 2014
Published: 30 May 2015
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