Supported Aluminum Catalysts for Olefin Hydrogenation

Jeffrey Camacho-Bunquin*, Magali Ferrandon, Ujjal Das, Fulya Dogan, Cong Liu, Casey Larsen, Ana E. Platero-Prats, Larry A. Curtiss, Adam S. Hock, Jeffrey T. Miller, Sonbinh T. Nguyen, Christopher L. Marshall, Massimiliano Delferro, Peter C. Stair

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Three-coordinate alkylaluminum sites were developed on a catechol-containing porous organic polymer support (CatPOP A2B1). The CatPOP-based alkylaluminum sites were characterized by solid-state attenuated total reflectance IR spectroscopy, 1H and 27Al magic-angle-spinning NMR spectroscopy, pair-distribution function X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The low-coordinate organoaluminum sites can hydrogenate and isomerize a range of mono- and disubstituted alkenes and alkynes under mild conditions (75-100 °C, 5-14 bar H2, 20 h). Results of experimental and computational mechanistic investigations suggest a heterolytic mechanism for the observed hydrogenation-isomerization activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-694
Number of pages6
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 6 2017


  • alkene hydrogenation
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • organoaluminum
  • porous organic polymer
  • surface organometallics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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