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Continuous heterogeneous catalytic oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols in scCO(2)

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  • Adrian O. Chapman
  • Geoffrey R. Akien
  • Nicholas J. Arrowsmith
  • Peter Licence
  • Martyn Poliakoff
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Green Chemistry
Issue number2
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)310-315
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A miniature catalytic reactor has been developed for the oxidation of alcohols with O-2 in supercritical CO2. Particular attention has been given to ensuring good mixing of O-2 and CO2 prior to contact with the substrate. The reactor was optimised using the oxidation of 2-octanol over 5% Pt + 1% Bi on Al2O3 and the mass balance was measured. The reactor was then evaluated for the oxidation of a series of secondary alcohols, and also the primary alcohol, 1-octanol.