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One-Step Synthesis of Cyclohexanone from Benzene with O2/H2 Catalyzed by Ruthenium Diaminodiphosphine Complex

Abstract

Cyclohexanone can be one-step synthesized from benzene catalyzed by a ruthenium diaminodiphosphine complex with 65% selectivity (35% phenol as by-product) and TOF = 63 h-1 at 130 °C and 5 MPa (O2/H2 = 1) pressure.

This shows that hydroxylation (oxidation) and hydrogenation (reduction), which normally required totally noncompatible conditions and catalysts, can proceed in a “one-pot” manner by using one metal complex catalyst.

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Pan, WX., Wong, WK., Qiu, XQ. et al. One-Step Synthesis of Cyclohexanone from Benzene with O2/H2 Catalyzed by Ruthenium Diaminodiphosphine Complex. Catalysis Letters 92, 25–27 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1023/B:CATL.0000011080.03035.eb

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  • cyclohexanone
  • Ru complex
  • one-step synthesis