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Oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol in the presence of V-polyoxometalate

Xue-Feng Hu and Lei Wu

Key Laboratory of Coastal Environmental Processes, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yantai, 264003 China



Abstract: The oxidase and dioxygenase reactions of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol (DTBC, I) in the presence of V-polyoxometalate were studied. It was found that the addition of a Lewis base quenched the V-polyoxometalate-catalysed catechol dioxygenase reaction and catalysed the oxidase reaction selectively. The existence of V-polyoxometalate accelerates the autoxidation rate of I as demonstrated by the rate measurements. ESR and UV-VIS spectra showed that the Lewis base destroyed the dioxygenation reaction catalyst as formed and restrained its regeneration by suppressing the coordination of catechol radical to vanadium. The by-products of the dioxygenation and oxidation reactions are H2O and H2O2, respectively.

Keywords: 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol – catechol oxidase – base-catalysed – V-polyoxometalate-enhanced

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DOI: 10.2478/s11696-011-0119-x


Chemical Papers 66 (3) 211–215 (2012)

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