The two Lewis acid sites assumed to catalyze the Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley (MPV) reaction are identified by IR bands at 3782 and 3660-3680 cm -1. Different combinations of heat-treatment protocols were used and the results indicated that the final temperature, ramp rate, and gas environment make a difference in the relative intensities of the 3782 and 3665 cm-1 bands. Combining different heat-treatment procedures, samples were produced where the 3782 and 3665 cm-1 band intensities moved in opposite directions (i.e., one increasing and the other decreasing). The MPV reduction of 4-tert-butylcyclohexanone with 2-propanol in the gas phase was studied at 100°C in a nitrogen atmosphere. The increasing trend of the relative intensity of the 3665 cm-1 band showed a correlation in favor of the formation of cis-4-tert-butylcyclohexanol (cis-4-TBCHL). This suggests that the species associated with the 3665 cm-1 band are likely responsible for cis-4-TBCHL selectivity.
- IR spectroscopy
- Lewis acidity
- Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reaction
- Zeolite Beta