Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 701–705 | Cite as

Oxidation of tetralin to 1-tetralone over CrAPO-5

  • Samiran Bhattacharjee
  • Yu-Ri Lee
  • Wha-Seung Ahn
Catalysis, Reaction Engineering


A chromium-incorporated microporous aluminophosphate, CrAPO-5, was tested as a catalyst for the oxidation of tetralin using either a combination of aldehyde and O2 (1 atm) or tert-butyl hydroperoxide as an oxidant system. The former resulted in significantly improved catalytic performance (69.6% yield to 1-tetralone) over the latter (38.5% yield to 1-tetralone) at 80 °C in 8 h, and conversion increased in the sequence of acetaldehyde≪isobutyl aldehyde<pivalaldehyde. CrAPO-5 also exhibited good activity and high selectivity (53.7% yield to 1-tetralone) after 24 h using pivalaldehyde and O2 at room temperature. Hot filtration and recycle experiments established that oxidation takes place mostly on Cr sites in CrAPO-5. A plausible reaction mechanism involving acylperoxy radicals and oxo-chromium(V) species on CrAPO-5 was proposed for the tetralin oxidation.


CrAPO-5 Tetralin Oxidation Pivalaldehyde Acylperoxy Radicals Tert-butyl Hydroperoxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samiran Bhattacharjee
    • 1
  • Yu-Ri Lee
    • 2
  • Wha-Seung Ahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences (CARS)University of DhakaDhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringInha UniversityIncheonKorea

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