Benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde oxidation on MnOx clusters: Unraveling atomistic features

Laura Gueci, Dario Duca, Francesco Ferrante, Antonio Prestianni, Francesco Arena, Francesco Arena

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The catalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol with O2 is a promising option for the production of benzaldehyde, from both environmental and economical viewpoints. In particular, highly dispersed MnOx systems feature good activity and selectivity in a wide range of temperatures, although deactivation phenomena by over-oxidation and/or poisoning of active sites are generally recorded. On this account, a density functional theory study was performed on cluster-sized catalyst models, namely Mn4O8 and over-oxygenated Mn4O9 fragments, to predict the reactivity pattern of MnOx catalysts in the selective aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol. Several pathways concur to determine the whole reaction process and all of them were compared to unveil the atomistic details of the alcohol oxidation mechanism. Moreover, assuming that the consecutive formation of benzoic acid affects the activity-stability pattern of the MnOx based catalyst, also the benzaldehyde oxidation mechanism was computationally addressed. A systematic comparison of the benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde oxidation mechanisms on the Mn4O8 and Mn4O9 fragments reveals some experimental strategies to test the reaction mechanisms and design alternative catalytic routes to decrease undesired parasitic reactions leading to catalyst deactivation. The matching structural, energetic and kinetic data are published in the Data in Brief journal [1].
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine9
RivistaMolecular Catalysis
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

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