Cobalt single atoms embedded in nitrogen‐doped graphene for selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol by activated peroxymonosulfate
School of Engineering
Australian Research Council
ARC Number : DP180103861
© 2021 Wiley-VCH GmbH The development of novel single atom catalyst (SAC) is highly desirable in organic synthesis to achieve the maximized atomic efficiency. Here, a Co-based SAC on nitrogen-doped graphene (SACo@NG) with high Co content of 4.1 wt% is reported. Various characterization results suggest that the monodispersed Co atoms are coordinated with N atoms to form robust and highly effective catalytic centers to activate peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for organic selective oxidation. The catalytic performance of the SACo@NG/PMS system is conducted on the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol (BzOH) showing high efficiency with over 90% conversion and benzaldehyde selectivity within 180 min under mild conditions. Both radical and non-radical processes occurred in the selective oxidation of BzOH, but the non-radical oxidation plays the dominant role which is accomplished by the adsorption of BzOH/PMS on the surface of SACo@NG and the subsequent electron transfer through the carbon matrix. This work provides new insights to the preparation of efficient transition metal-based single atom catalysts and their potential applications in PMS mediated selective oxidation of alcohols.
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