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Dalton Trans. 2017 Jun 27;46(25):8245-8251. doi: 10.1039/c7dt01122a.

Immobilization of Keggin polyoxovanadoniobate in crystalline solids to produce effective heterogeneous catalysts towards selective oxidation of benzyl-alkanes.

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Key Laboratory of Cluster, Ministry of Education of China, Department of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, P. R. China.


Two ionic organic-inorganic hybrid compounds, [CuII(C2N2H8)2]4[CuII(C2N2H8)2(H2O)2]2[PNb12O40VVVIVO2]·(OH)2·11H2O (1) and [CoIII(C2N2H8)3]2[CoIII(C2N2H8)2(H2O)2]0.5[H2.5PNb12O40 VVVIVO2]·20H2O (2), based on P-centered dicapped polyoxoniobates and organometallic cations were isolated and structurally characterized by routine techniques. The trivalent cobalt complex-containing compound exhibits a looser arrangement compared with its divalent copper complex-containing counterpart, with a space volume of 34.9% for the former and 17.0% for the latter. The two compounds were proved to be effective in facilitating the oxidation of benzyl-alkanes to ketone products in a heterogeneous manner, evidencing the feasiblity of the strategy of self-immobilization of catalytically active, readily soluble PNb12O40(VO)2 species in crystalline solids.


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