Synthesis and oxidation catalysis of a Ti-substituted phosphotungstate, and identification of the active oxygen species

Eri Takahashi, Keigo Kamata, Yuji Kikukawa, Sota Sato, Kosuke Suzuki, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Noritaka Mizuno

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    In this paper, we report the synthesis of a Ti-substituted phosphotungstate, TBA6[(γ-PW10O36)2Ti4(μ-O)2(μ-OH)4] (I, TBA = tetra-n-butylammonium), and its application to H2O2-based oxidation. Firstly, an organic solvent-soluble dilacunary phosphotungstate precursor, TBA3[γ-PW10O34(H2O)2] (PW10), has been synthesized. By the reaction of PW10 and TiO(acac)2 (acac = acetylacetonate) in an organic medium (acetonitrile), I can be obtained. Compound I possesses a tetranuclear Ti core which can effectively activate H2O2 and shows high catalytic performance for several oxidation reactions, such as epoxidation of alkenes, oxygenation of sulfides, oxidative bromination of unsaturated compounds, and hydroxylation of anisole, giving the corresponding oxidation products with high efficiencies and selectivities. The catalytic performance of I is much superior to those of previously reported Ti-substituted polyoxometalates. In addition, I is highly durable during catalysis and can be reused several times while keeping its high catalytic performance. Furthermore, we have successfully isolated the truly catalytically active species for the present I-catalyzed oxidation, TBA6[(γ-PW10O36)2Ti4(μ-η22-O2)4] (II), and its anion structure has been determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis. All of the four Ti2-μ-η22-peroxo species in II are active for stoichiometric oxidation (without H2O2), and II is included in the catalytic cycle for I-catalyzed oxidation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4778-4789
    Number of pages12
    JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 3

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis


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