K-10 montmorillonite: An efficient and reusable catalyst for the aerobic CC bond cleavage of α-substituted ketones

Iman El Younssi, Tarik Rhadfi, Ahmed Atlamsani, Jean Paul Quisefit, Frédéric Herbst, Khalid Draoui

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A commercially available acid-activated montmorillonite clay catalyst, K10 montmorillonite, was tested for the catalytic oxidation of cyclic ketones in the presence of molecular oxygen under mild conditions (343 K and atmospheric pressure). K10 montmorillonite catalyzed the oxidative cleavage of CC bonds in 2-methylcyclohexanone, 2-phenylcyclohexanone, 2-hydroxylcyclohexanone and 1,2-cyclohexanedione with good activity and excellent selectivity toward the formation of the corresponding ketoacids and diacids. The effects of acidity, amount of catalyst, temperature and solvent on the catalytic activity were investigated. Furthermore, this catalyst was reusable without any appreciable loss in activity and selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-445
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • α-Substituted ketones
  • Dioxygen
  • K-10 montmorillonite
  • Oxidative cleavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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