Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 53–60 | Cite as

ORTHO-selective phenol methylation over iron-magnesium oxide catalysts

  • Hanna Grabowska
  • Janusz Jabłoński
  • Włodzimierz Miśta
  • Józef Wrzyszcz


Alkylation of phenol to ORTHO-cresol and 2,6-xylenol with methanol in the presence of iron and iron-magnesium oxide catalysts was investigated. The catalysts displayed high activity and stability. Addition of magnesium oxide to the iron catalyst increases its selectivity towards C-alkylation in ortho-position. It was found that the active phase in the investigated catalysts is highly dispersed magnetite or mixed spinel of Fe(MgFe)O4 type. It is noticed that if Fe+2 ions are replaced by Mg+2 ions in the spinel the basicity of the bifunctional catalyst is augmented, increasing ortho-selectivity of alkylation.


Magnetite Anisole Fresh Catalyst Xylenol Iron Catalyst 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanna Grabowska
    • 1
  • Janusz Jabłoński
    • 1
  • Włodzimierz Miśta
    • 1
  • Józef Wrzyszcz
    • 1
  1. 1.W. Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure ResearchPolish Academy of SciencesWrocław 2Poland

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