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RESEARCH ARTICLE

MoO2 Formed on Mesoporous Graphene Oxide: Efficient and Stable Catalyst for Epoxidation of Olefins

Gang Bian A , Pingping Jiang A C , Kelei Jiang B , Yirui Shen A , Linggang Kong A , Ling Hu A , Yuming Dong A and Weijie Zhang A
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A Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Biological Colloids, Ministry of Education, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China.

B Wuxi WeiFu Lida Catalytic Converter Co. Ltd, Wuxi 214177, China.

C Corresponding author. Email: ppjiang@jiangnan.edu.cn

Australian Journal of Chemistry - https://doi.org/10.1071/CH17089
Submitted: 13 February 2017  Accepted: 18 April 2017   Published online: 19 May 2017

Abstract

A novel mesoporous MoO2 composite supported on graphene oxide (m-MoO2/GO) has been designed and applied as an efficient epoxidation catalyst. The m-MoO2/GO composite was characterised by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmet–Teller surface area analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Compared with pure mesoporous MoO2 (m-MoO2) and amorphous MoO2-graphene oxide (a-MoO2/GO), m-MoO2/GO exhibits the best catalytic activity. The conversion and selectivity for cyclooctene are both over 99 % in 6 h. Remarkably, the mesoporous structure in m-MoO2/GO which derives from SiO2 nanospheres endows the catalyst better catalytic performance for long chain olefins: the conversion of methyl oleate can be as high as 82 %. Such a robust catalyst can be easily recycled and reused five times without significant loss of catalytic activity. This novel catalyst is promising in the synthesis of epoxides with a long carbon chain or large ring size.


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