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Issue 97, 2015
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Platinum-catalysed cinnamaldehyde hydrogenation in continuous flow

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Platinum is one of the most widely used hydrogenation catalysts. Here we describe the translation of batch reactions to continuous flow, affording tunable C[double bond, length as m-dash]O versus C[double bond, length as m-dash]C hydrogenation over a Pt/SiO2 catalyst, resulting in high steady state activity and single-pass yields in the selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde to cinnamyl alcohol under mild conditions. Negligible catalyst deactivation occurs under extended flow operation due to removal of reactively-formed poisons from the reaction zone. Process intensification imparts a four-fold enhancement in cinnamyl alcohol productivity.

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The article was received on 28 Jul 2015, accepted on 08 Sep 2015 and first published on 09 Sep 2015

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA14984C
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RSC Adv., 2015,5, 80022-80026

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    Platinum-catalysed cinnamaldehyde hydrogenation in continuous flow

    L. J. Durndell, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 80022
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA14984C

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