Aerobic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran assisted by varied iron (III) chloro-POSS compounds

Derek Pettner, Michael T. Hay

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Metal containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) have been used to model a variety of industrial catalysts consisting of silica (SiO2) supported metals. We have successfully synthesized and fully characterized four different iron (III) chloro-POSS compounds. (isobutyl, cyclopentyl, phenyl and ethyl derivatives, see Figure) The isobutyl derivative has been shown to facilitate the aerobic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran (C4H8O) to γ-butyrolactone (C4H6O2). In this paper, we will demonstrate the aerobic conversion of tetrahydrofuran to g-butyrolactone using the cyclopentyl-, phenyl-, and ethyl- iron (III) chloro-POSS derivatives. We will compare the effect of varied hydrocarbon substituents (isobutyl, cyclopentyl, phenyl and ethyl) on the iron (III) chloro-POSS derivatives and their influence on the yield of g-butyrolactone from the aerobic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication233rd ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - 2007
Event233rd ACS National Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2007Mar 29 2007

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other233rd ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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