The transformation of allyl alcohol was studied over an amorphous Cu41Zr59 alloy and, for comparison, on copper powder in the presence of hydrogen at 448-573 K. The amorphous Cu-Zr alloy precursor can be activated to exhibit high activity in the isomerization and hydrogenation of allyl alcohol to produce propanal and 1-propanol as major products. The activity of the as-received alloy increases and the selectivity changes with time on stream due to the rapidly increasing copper surface area. 1-Propanol formation is correlated with the number of Cu(0) surface sites.
- Allyl alcohol
- Amorphous alloy
- Copper- zirconium
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry