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Issue 14, 2012
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MOFs as multifunctional catalysts: One-pot synthesis of menthol from citronellal over a bifunctional MIL-101 catalyst

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Abstract

A bifunctional MOF catalyst containing coordinatively unsaturated Cr3+ sites and palladium nanoparticles (Pd@MIL-101) has been used for the cyclization of citronellal to isopulegol and for the one-pot tandem isomerization/hydrogenation of citronellal to menthol. The MOF was found to be stable under the reaction conditions used, and the results obtained indicate that the performance of this bifunctional solid catalyst is comparable with other state-of-the-art materials for the tandem reaction: Full citronellal conversion was attained over Pd@MIL-101 in 18 h, with 86% selectivity to menthols and a diastereoselectivity of 81% to the desired (−)-menthol, while up to 30 h were necessary for attaining similar values over Ir/H-beta under analogous reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: MOFs as multifunctional catalysts: One-pot synthesis of menthol from citronellal over a bifunctional MIL-101 catalyst

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The article was received on 23 Dec 2011, accepted on 27 Jan 2012 and first published on 02 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT12480G
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 4249-4254

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    MOFs as multifunctional catalysts: One-pot synthesis of menthol from citronellal over a bifunctional MIL-101 catalyst

    F. G. Cirujano, F. X. Llabrés i Xamena and A. Corma, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 4249
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT12480G

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