Ring opening of methylcyclopentane over Al2O3 and SiO2 supported Rh catalysts
Hydrogenolytic ring opening of methylcyclopentane (MCP) was investigated on Rh/Al2O3 and Rh/SiO2 catalysts, prepared by the incipient wetness method. Strong dependence can be seen in the yield and distribution of ring opening products as a function of temperature and hydrogen pressure. They depended also on the support used. The ring opening reaction required high hydrogen coverage, and was not random (hindered in the vicinity of the methyl group), thus, mainly 2-methylpentane (2MP) and 3-methylpentane (3MP) were formed. The fragments consisted of C1–C5 alkanes, with methane andi-pentane as main fragments. This means the possibility of breaking two C−C bonds during one sojourn of the reactant on the catalyst, both taking place far from the substituent. The loose positive correlation between the ratios ofi-pentane/n-pentane and 3MP/n-hexane seems to support this conclusion.
KeywordsRh/Al2O3 Rh/SiO2 methylcyclopentane ring opening and fragmentation
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