Amorphous alloy catalysis IX. Isomerization and hydrogenation of allyl alcohol over an amorphous copper-zirconium alloy

Tamás Martinek, Árpád Molnár, Tamás Katona, Mihály Bartók, Antal Lovas

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 1996



  • 1-propanol
  • Allyl alcohol
  • Amorphous alloy
  • Copper
  • Copper- zirconium
  • Hydrogenation
  • Isomerization
  • Propanal
  • Selectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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