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Bifunctional Nanoscopic Catalysts for the One-Pot Synthesis of (±)-Menthol from Citral


Active and selective bifunctional Me(Ir, Pd)/beta zeolite and doped nanoscopic hydroxylated fluorides (0.1 % Pd (or Pt)/AlF3) catalysts were developed for the one-pot synthesis of menthols from citral. In the case of fluoride catalysts, the strong electron-withdrawing effect of the dominating fluoride environment depletes the metal surface from electrons and hence, favours the hydrogenation of the C=C bond to citronellal on both Pd and Pt-based catalysts.

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Prof. Simona M. Coman thanks UEFISCDI for the financial support (project PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0041, Nr. 321/2011). Katharina Teinz is a stipendiate of the graduate school ‘‘Fluorine as key element’’ (GRK 1582) of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG.

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Negoi, A., Teinz, K., Kemnitz, E. et al. Bifunctional Nanoscopic Catalysts for the One-Pot Synthesis of (±)-Menthol from Citral. Top Catal 55, 680–687 (2012).

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  • Noble metals
  • Doped nanoscopic fluorides
  • Sol–gel synthesis
  • Beta zeolite
  • Impregnation
  • Citral
  • Menthol