HRh(CO)(PPh3)3 encapsulated hexagonal mesoporous silica (HMS) is found to be an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for the selective hydroformylation of 2,3-dihydrofuran (2,3DHF) and 2,5-dihydrofuran (2,5DHF). The Rh-complex encapsulated in situ in the organic phase of template inside the pores of HMS was found to act as nano phase reactors. Conversion of 2,3-DHF and 2,5-DHF and selectivity of the corresponding aldehydes were thoroughly investigated by studying the reaction parameters: catalyst amount, substrate concentration, partial as well as total pressure of CO and H2, and temperature. The selectivity for the formation of tetrahydrofuran-2-carbaldehyde (THF-2-carbaldehyde) from the hydroformylation of 2,3-DHF was found to be more than the selectivity of the formation of tetrahydrofuran-3-carbaldehyde (THF-3-carbaldehyde) from 2,5-DHF. The reaction paths are suggested and discussed for the selective formation of the corresponding aldehydes. The catalyst was elegantly separated and effectively recycled for six times.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Process Chemistry and Technology