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HCl and O2 co-activated bis(8-quinolinolato) oxovanadium(IV) complexes as efficient photoactive species for visible light-driven oxidation of cyclohexane to KA oil

Abstract

This paper reports that three bis(8-quinolinolato) oxovanadium(IV) complexes are active for the visible light-induced cyclohexane oxygenation under O2 (1 atm) in acetonitrile with HCl participation, achieving higher than 18% conversion and 86% selectivity for KA oil (cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol), along with a small amount of chlorinated product. Notably, these VIVOQ2 complexes are not only basically comparable to VIVO(acac)2 and some typical VV-compounds in photocatalytic activity, but also more selective for KA oil. Spectral characterizations (XPS, FT-IR and UV-Vis) and DFT calculations support that VIVOQ2 complexes can be co-activated by HCl and O2 to form the VVO(OH)-containing photoactive (PA) species with one pendant ligand’s phenoxyl radical and an axially coordinated chlorine, which is responsible for the present photocatalytic oxidation. Noteworthily, increasing the Cl-substituents of VIVOQ2 complexes and especially water amount in reaction system obviously decelerate the generation of such PA species, which significantly improve the selectivity for KA oil.

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The article was received on 17 Jun 2018, accepted on 06 Oct 2018 and first published on 09 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01241E
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    HCl and O2 co-activated bis(8-quinolinolato) oxovanadium(IV) complexes as efficient photoactive species for visible light-driven oxidation of cyclohexane to KA oil

    J. She, X. Lin, Z. Fu, J. Li, S. Tang, M. Lei, X. Zhang, C. Zhang and Y. Dulin, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01241E

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