Polymers as novel modifiers for supported metal catalyst in hydrogenation of benzaldehydes

Masaki Okamoto, Tomoyuki Hirao, Tatsuya Yamaai

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Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was impregnated on a palladium metal supported on silica gel and used in a catalyst for hydrogenation of benzaldehydes. In the vapor-phase flow reaction, the PEG modification improved catalytic activity and selectivity for a partially hydrogenated product, benzyl alcohol. In isoprene hydrogenation, selectivity for partially hydrogenated products, monoenes, was also enhanced. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of the modified catalysts revealed that the modification with PEG makes the palladium surface negatively charged, possibly leading to an increase in the selectivity for the partially hydrogenated product caused by enhancement of its desorption from the surface. In the liquid-phase hydrogenation of benzaldehyde, the PEG modification also increased the selectivity for benzyl alcohol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Modifier
  • Palladium metal catalyst
  • Partial hydrogenation
  • Polyethylene glycol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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