Oxidations of amines with molecular oxygen using bifunctional gold–titania catalysts

Søren Kegnæs Klitgaard, Kresten Egeblad, Uffe Vie Mentzel, Andrey Popov, Thomas Jensen, Esben Taarning, Inger Staunstrup Nielsen, Claus H. Christensen

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Over the past decades it has become clear that supported gold nanoparticles are surprisingly active and selective catalysts for several green oxidation reactions of oxygen-containing hydrocarbons using molecular oxygen as the stoichiometric oxidant. We here report that bifunctional gold–titania catalysts can be employed to facilitate the oxidation of amines into amides with high selectivity. Furthermore, we report that pure titania is in fact itself a catalyst for the oxidation of amines with molecular oxygen under very mild conditions. We demonstrate that these new methodologies open up for two new and environmentally benign routes to caprolactam and cyclohexanone oxime, both of which are precursors for nylon-6.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)419-423
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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