Photocatalytic alcohol dehydrogenation using ammonium heptamolybdate

Michael D. Ward, James F. Brazdil, Robert K. Grasselli

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Illumination of aqueous solutions of (NH4)6Mo7O24·4H2O (1) in the presence of 2-propanol results in rapid formation of acetone with concomitant formation of a spectroscopically characterized reduced molybdenum species. A reaction sequence is proposed in which the excited state of 1 abstracts H· from the α-carbon atom of the alcohol. The relevance of this reaction to photochemical and thermal C-H activation on heterogeneous metal oxide catalysts is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4210-4213
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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