A method for synthesizing linear allylic acetates from terminal alkenes over TiO2 supported Pd nanoparticles (NPs) has been developed, in which O2 serves as the sole oxidant. Good catalytic activity was performed when using allylbenzene as a substrate and the catalyst can be reused at least five times without activity losing. The catalytic system has a broad substrate scope including transformation of 1,3-butadiene into 1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene, which is an important industrial intermediate for production of 1,4-butanediol. In contrast to previous reports that the Pd-catalyzed allylic acetoxylation is generally promoted by PdII species, the XAFS measurements suggest that this reaction is catalyzed over Pd0 NPs. Additionally, XPS analysis of the catalyst confirms the interaction between Pd and TiO2, which probably promote the initial catalytic procedure.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Process Chemistry and Technology