Platinum-catalysed cinnamaldehyde hydrogenation in continuous flow

Lee J. Durndell, Karen Wilson, Adam F. Lee*

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Platinum is one of the most widely used hydrogenation catalysts. Here we describe the translation of batch reactions to continuous flow, affording tunable C=O versus C=C hydrogenation over a Pt/SiO2 catalyst, resulting in high steady state activity and single-pass yields in the selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde to cinnamyl alcohol under mild conditions. Negligible catalyst deactivation occurs under extended flow operation due to removal of reactively-formed poisons from the reaction zone. Process intensification imparts a four-fold enhancement in cinnamyl alcohol productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80022-80026
Number of pages5
JournalRSC advances
Issue number97
Early online date9 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding: EPSRC (EP/G007594/4, EP/K014749/1) and the award of a Leadership Fellowship; and Royal Society for an Industry Fellowship.

Supplementary data avaialbe on DOI: 10.1039/c5ra14984c


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