Duan Research Group

Hetero-integrated Nanostructures and Nanodevices


Graphene-hemin hybrid material as effective catalyst for selective oxidation of primary C-H bond in toluene

Y. Li, X. Huang, Y. Li, Y. Xu, Y. Wang, E. Zhu, X. Duan, and Y. Huang

Sci. Rep. 3, 1787 (2013)

An effective hemin catalyst on graphene support for selective oxidation of primary C-H bond in toluene is reported with an over 50% conversion rate achieved at mild conditions. Significantly this hybrid material shows catalytic efficiency in toluene oxidation with selectivity towards benzoic acid. The role of graphene support is discussed here as providing large contact area between the catalyst and the substrate, maintaining hemin in catalytically active monomer form, attracting electron to promote site isolation, as well as protecting hemin from oxidative degradation during the reaction. Moreover, graphene is suggested to largely alter the final product selectivity, due to the different π-π interaction strength between the graphene support and the substrate/oxidized products. With longer reaction time, overall conversion rate tends to maintain relatively unchanged while toluene undergoes a series of oxidation to convert mostly to benzoic acid.
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