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Title: Selective cyclodimerization of epichlorohydrin to dioxane derivatives over MOFs
Authors: Mousavi, Bibimaryam
Chaemchuen, Somboon
Phatanasri, Suphot
Chen, Cheng
Zeng, Cheng
Ganguly, Rakesh
Zhuiykov, Serge
Verpoort, Francis
Keywords: ZIF
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Mousavi, B., Chaemchuen, S., Phatanasri, S., Chen, C., Zeng, C., Ganguly, R., et al. (2017). Selective cyclodimerization of epichlorohydrin to dioxane derivatives over MOFs. Arabian Journal of Chemistry.
Series/Report no.: Arabian Journal of Chemistry
Abstract: Glycerol can be converted to valuable products such as epichlorohydrin which is an important intermediate applied in various industries. For example, dioxane derivatives, which are important pharmaceuticals, can be obtained from epichlorohydrin. In the present study, ZIF-8, ZIF-67, MIL-100, and UiO-66 were applied for the direct cyclodimerization of epichlorohydrin. These MOFs were selected because they were already applied as active catalysts in ring opening of epoxides. Among them, ZIF-8 showed the highest activity and selectivity in the absence of any solvent or co-catalyst. Using ZIF-8 as a catalyst, the cyclodimer product (1,4-dioxane 2,5-bis-chloromethyl) was obtained in a yield of about 70% which was significantly superior to previous homo or heterogeneous catalysts for this reaction. Due to ZIF-8 structure and the proposed mechanism, the cyclodimerization reaction catalyzed either by the defects in the structure and/or on the surface. Furthermore, acidic-basic characteristics were also in play. The NH3 and CO2 temperature-programed desorption technique were utilized to identify the active sites and thereby reaction mechanism. Moreover, because of similar properties of ZIF-8 to zeolites, the activity of commercial ZSM-5 for the same reaction was also investigated in this work.
ISSN: 1878-5352
DOI: 10.1016/j.arabjc.2017.09.011
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of King Saud University. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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