Homogeneous catalysis by heteropoly acids: A redox transformation of H4[SiMo12O40] in electrophilic reactions

Béla Török, Árpád Molnár, Nándor Balogh, Imre Kiricsi, István Pálinkó, László I. Horváth

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The transformation of the silico-molybdic acid (H4[SiMo12O40]) used as catalyst in the dehydration of 1,4-butanediol was studied by IR, UV-VIS and ESR spectroscopies. During the reaction, the color of the catalyst changed gradually with the concomitant appearance of a broad new doublet in the 600-900 nm region in the electron spectra. At the beginning, ESR data indicate valence-state change of the molybdenum in the heteropoly acid (Mo(VI)→Mo(V)). After longer reaction times the reaction mixture became diamagnetic. The phenomenon was rooted in the formation of aldehydes and other fragments, which can provide suitable electron transfer linkage for the formation of diamagnetic bridges between molybdenum(V)-containing heteropoly blue species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L17-L25
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 25 1997



  • Diamagnetic bridges
  • ESR
  • Heteropolyacid
  • Mo(V) species
  • Molybdenum blue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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