Enantioselective hydrogenation of 1-phenyl-1,2-propanodione on cinchonidine-modified Rh/MCM-41 catalysts

Cecilia C. Torres, Cristian H. Campos, J. L.G. Fierro, Patricio Reyes, Doris Ruiz

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Enantioselective hydrogenation of 1-phenyl-1,2-propanodione (PPD) on Rh/MCM-41 catalysts was studied. The catalysts were prepared using Rh(acac) 3 as a metal precursor and metal loadings that ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 wt%. The samples were characterised by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms at 77 K using ICP-MS, XRD, TEM, XRD and XPS. The reaction was performed at 298 K, and 0.01 mol L-1 of PPD and cinchonidine (CD) was used as chiral modifier. The effect of the modifier concentration on the enantioselectivity (ee) and the conversion level in the hydrogenation reaction shows a relationship between the activity and ee as well as the CD concentration. The volcano-type curve observed for each catalyst suggests competitive adsorption of the modifier and substrate on the catalyst surface. The metal loading influences both the Rh crystallite size and catalytic behaviour. An increase in the Rh levels was accompanied by a parallel increase in both the crystallite size and number of Rh ensembles with a subsequent enhancement in both the conversion level and ee. The catalyst with the highest metal loading was 1.0 wt% Rh/MCM-41, and it displayed the highest ee among the catalysts studied. Additionally, the effects of hydrogen pressure and solvent nature on the catalytic activity were also studied. Moreover, the H2 pressure also influenced the conversion levels with only a minor effect on the ee values. Considering the solvent effects, we observed non-linear ee dependence with an increasing solvent dielectric constant, which showed a decrease in conversion levels in the order cyclohexane > toluene > tetrahydrofurane > dichloromethane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-328
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • 1-phenyl-1,2-propanedione
  • Enantioselectivity
  • Hydrogenation
  • Rh catalysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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