Catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation of cyclohexene

R.A. Sheldon, J.M. Sobczak

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Oxidation of cyclohexene, in the presence of a palladium catalyst and anthraquinone-2-sulfonic acid, sodium salt (AMS) as cocatalyst, has been shown to yield selectively benzene. The oxidative dehydrogenation reaction proceeds in the liquid phase under atmospheric molecular oxygen pressure. Palladium dichloride and palladium on charcoal, combined with AMS, are the catalyst systems which show optimum conversion of cyclohexene (85–100%) and selectivity to benzene (92–100%).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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