Highly Selective Anaerobic Oxidation of Alcohols Over Fe-doped SrTiO3 Under Visible Light

Hu, Y. and Zhao, G. and Pan, Q. and Wang, H. and Shen, Z. and Peng, B. and Busser, G.W. and Wang, X. and Muhler, M.

Volume: 11 Pages: 5139-5144
DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201901451
Published: 2019

Photocatalytic oxidation of alcohols with high selectivity is a promising approach for the synthesis of organic compounds under mild conditions and for solar energy conversion. In this work, we report on the highly selective anaerobic photooxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds with coupled H2 production over Pt-loaded Fe-doped SrTiO3 under visible light. Representatively, an optimized apparent quantum efficiency of 13.2 % at 420 nm was obtained for benzyl alcohol oxidation. X-ray absorption fine structure and in situ diffuse reflectance IR spectroscopy revealed that the surface oxygen vacancies and the fine-tuned valence band edge position induced by Fe doping not only contributed to the activation of α-C−H bonds in alcohols, but also avoided the over-oxidation of the obtained carbonyl compounds. © 2019 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

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