Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 549–561 | Cite as

Aerobic alcohol oxidation catalyzed by CuO-rectorite/TEMPO in water

  • Wanghui Liu
  • Jianhong YangEmail author
  • Jun Cai


An environmentally benign CuO-rectorite was prepared by calcining the co-precipitation product of Cu2+ with an acid-activated rectorite at pH 6. It could be well dispersed in water and used as a co-catalyst with TEMPO to selectively aerobically oxidize alcohols to aldehydes. The conversion of most primary benzylic alcohols was very high under optimized conditions. Interestingly, the oxidation protocol also allowed highly selective transformation of benzylic alcohols containing a phenolic hydroxyl group into the corresponding aldehydes. Additionally, very little copper was leached from the catalyst during the catalytic reaction. CuO-rectorite could be reused by centrifugation and washed with acetonitrile and water. At the same time, its catalytic activity remained high.


CuO-rectorite TEMPO Aldehyde Selective transformation 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 31270616) and the Key Laboratory of Fermentation Engineering (Ministry of Education) Open Foundation.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

11164_2018_3618_MOESM1_ESM.docx (10.3 mb)
The method of determining copper content of CuO-REC, HPLC analysis of CuO-REC-catalyzed alcohol oxidation (Fig S1-S21) and spectroscopic measurement data (13C NMR and 1H NMR) of the isolated products (Figs. S22–S53) are given in a supplementary file (DOCX 10573 kb).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental and Safety EngineeringChangzhou UniversityChangzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Fermentation Engineering (Ministry of Education)Hubei University of TechnologyWuhanChina

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