Alkene epoxidation catalyzed by vanadomolybdophosphoric acids supported on hydrated titania
Vanadomolybdophosphoric acids wet-impregnated on hydrated titania (TiO2 · xH2O), make an efficient catalytic system for the epoxidation of a variety of alkenes with organic solvent extracted TBHP as the oxidant. By an appropriate choice of solvent, the catalyst can be reused at least three times without much loss in the activity for subsequent runs. XRD shows that the heteropoly acid is uniformly dispersed over the support and up to 15 wt% loading of the heteropoly acid, no additional peak of the same can be seen in the XRD pattern of the catalyst. The reactivity varied with the nature of alkene but the major product was always the corresponding epoxide. The catalytic system is free of high temperature calcination steps and tedious multi-step procedures, normally encountered in the heterogenization of heteropoly acids.
Journal: Catalysis Communications - Volume 9, Issue 5, 20 March 2008, Pages 931–938