Direct synthesis of phenol from benzene over platinum-loaded tungsten(VI) oxide photocatalysts with water and molecular oxygen

Osamu Tomita, Ryu Abe, Bunsho Ohtani

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Tungsten(VI) oxide loaded with nanoparticulate platinum (Pt/WO 3 ) was demonstrated for the first time to exhibit photocatalytic activity for direct synthesis of phenol from benzene using water and molecular oxygen as reactants under ultraviolet or visible light irradiation; the selectivity for phenol (e.g., 74% at 69% of benzene conversion) on Pt/WO 3 photocatalysts was much higher than those on platinum-loaded titanium(IV) oxide (Pt/TiO 2 ) photocatalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1407
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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