MnAPO-5 as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for selective liquid phase partial oxidation reactions†
Heterogeneous catalysts play a key role in addressing the economic and environmental issues of the chemical industry due to their several advantages, like ease of product separation, work-up and high recycling efficiency. Herein, we report the synthesis of a robust manganese(IV)-containing aluminophosphate material (MnAPO-5), with an AFI framework topology. This material has been characterized thoroughly by powder XRD, XPS, UHR TEM, FE SEM, 31P CP MAS NMR, atomic absorption spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and TGA. The Mn-containing microporous material has been employed as a heterogeneous catalyst for the oxidation of styrene and the synthesis of adipic acid from cyclohexanone in the presence of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant in air and it displayed very high recycling efficiency.