Catalysis Letters

, Volume 130, Issue 3–4, pp 489–495 | Cite as

Gold Nanoparticles Stabilized by Task-Specific Oligomeric Ionic Liquid for Styrene Epoxidation Without Using VOCs as Solvent



An oligomer of ionic liquid containing imidazolium and disulfide groups, which is miscible with the ionic liquid of [Bmim]PF6, was synthesized and used to stabilize gold nanoparticles. As such, epoxidation of styrene could be catalyzed by the oligomeric ionic liquid-stabilized gold nanoparticles in the nonvolatile [Bmim]PF6 without using any VOC as solvent. Under optimum reaction conditions, a styrene conversion of 100% with the selectivity to styrene oxide of 90% was obtained.


Gold nanoparticles Ionic liquid Styrene Epoxidation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Lab of Sustainable Resources Processing and Advanced Materials of Hunan Province, Institute of Fine Catalysis and SynthesisHunan Normal UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Technology CenterChina Tobacco Hunan Industrial CorporationChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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