Catalytic Dealkylation of Ethers to Alcohols on Metal Surfaces

Biao Yang, Haiping Lin, Kangjian Miao, Pan Zhu, Liangbo Liang, Kewei Sun, Haiming Zhang, Jian Fan, Vincent Meunier, Youyong Li, Qing Li, Lifeng Chi

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On-surface synthesis has prompted much interest in recent years because it provides an alternative strategy for controlling chemical reactions and allows for the direct observation of reaction pathways. Herein, we combined scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory to provide extensive evidence for the conversion of alkoxybenzene-containing ethers into alcohols by means of surface synthesis. The reported dealkylation reactions are finely controlled by the annealing parameters, which govern the onset of successive alkyl chains dissociations. Moreover, density functional theory calculations elucidate the details of the reaction pathways, showing that dealkylation reactions are surface-assisted and very different from their homogeneous analogues in solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9881-9885
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 16 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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