Copper is highly effective for the epoxidation of a "difficult" alkene, whereas silver is not

R.L. Cropley, F.J. Williams, O.P.H. Vaughan, Andrew Urquhart, M.S. Tikhov, R.M. Lambert

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Abstract

trans-Methyl styrene, an alkene that contains readily abstractable allylic H atoms, adsorbs with very similar conformations on oxygenated single crystal surfaces of Cu and Ag. Strikingly, however, subsequent reaction on silver leads merely to combustion of the organic molecule, whereas copper is extremely effective in catalyzing the epoxidation of this "difficult" alkene. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
Volume578
Issue number1-3
Pages (from-to)L85-L88
ISSN0039-6028
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Catalysis
  • Oxidation
  • Surface chemical reaction
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Alkenes

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Cropley, R. L., Williams, F. J., Vaughan, O. P. H., Urquhart, A., Tikhov, M. S., & Lambert, R. M. (2005). Copper is highly effective for the epoxidation of a "difficult" alkene, whereas silver is not. Surface Science, 578(1-3), L85-L88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susc.2005.01.024