Baeyer–Villiger Oxidation of Cyclohexanone by Hydrogen Peroxide with Fe3O4@GO as Catalyst Under Solvent Free Conditions

  • Guansheng Xiao
  • Xi Gao
  • Weiting Yan
  • Tao Wu
  • Xinhua PengEmail author


An efficient magnetic nanocomposite catalyst (Fe3O4@GO) was synthesized and utilized as a sustainable and convenient catalyst for Baeyer–Villiger oxidation. The catalyst was characterized by XRD, FT-IR, TEM, SEM, XPS, Raman and VSM. Under solvent free conditions, hydrogen peroxide as green oxidant, Fe3O4@GO showed an efficient catalytic activity and excellent selectivity for Baeyer–Villiger oxidation at room temperature. Conversion of 2-methyl cyclohexanone and selectivity of ε-heptanlactone were 84% and 94%, respectively. The catalyst can be magnetically reused and recycled for several runs without any significant loss in efficiency and selectivity.

Graphical Abstract

An efficient magnetic nanocomposite catalyst (Fe3O4@GO) was synthesized to show high catalytic activity and excellent selectivity for the Baeyer–Villiger oxidation under solvent free conditions with hydrogen peroxide.


Baeyer–Villiger oxidation Hydrogen peroxide Fe3O4@GO Solvent free Room temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guansheng Xiao
    • 1
  • Xi Gao
    • 1
  • Weiting Yan
    • 1
  • Tao Wu
    • 1
  • Xinhua Peng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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