Vapour-phase heterogeneous catalytic transfer hydrogenation of alkyl methyl ketones on MgO: Prevention of the deactivation of MgO in the presence of carbon tetrachloride

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Catalytic transfer hydrogenation (henceforth abbreviated CTH) of alkyl methyl ketones (2-butanone, 2-pentanone and 2-hexanone) by 2-propanol was studied on a commercially available MgO catalyst. Pretreatment of MgO, deactivation of the catalyst, temperature dependence of CTH and the effects of the 2-propanol/ketone ratio and of various catalyst modifiers were investigated. An important result of these studies is that the deactivation of MgO may be prevented by treatment with carbon tetrachloride. As a consequence, vapor-phase CTH using commercially available MgO may be economically realized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 11 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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