Catalysis Letters

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 9–14

Hydrogenation of C=C and C=O groups on ruthenium-tin catalysts


  • S. Galvagno
    • Dipartimento di Chimica IndustrialeUniversità di Messina
  • A. Donato
    • Facoltà di IngegneriaUniversità di Reggio Calabria
  • G. Neri
    • Facoltà di IngegneriaUniversità di Reggio Calabria
  • R. Pietropaolo
    • Facoltà di IngegneriaUniversità di Reggio Calabria

DOI: 10.1007/BF00764377

Cite this article as:
Galvagno, S., Donato, A., Neri, G. et al. Catal Lett (1991) 8: 9. doi:10.1007/BF00764377


The effect of addition of tin on the catalytic activity of Ru/C catalysts has been investigated in the liquid phase hydrogenation of β-methylstyrene and hydrocinnamaldehyde. On increasing the Sn content, the amount of CO chemisorbed decreases, indicating a decrease in the number of Ru surface atoms. In the hydrogenation of β-methylstyrene the specific activity of Ru (calculated per Ru surface atom) remains constant regardless of the Sn/Ru ratio. An increase of specific activity is however observed in the hydrogenation of hydrocinnamaldehyde. It is suggested that tin, present mainly as Sn ions, enhances the reactivity of the C=O group.

Ruthenium-tinaldehydes hydrogenationolefin hydrogenation

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