Oxidative esterification of homologous 1,3-propanediols

Tatyana Kotionova, Peter J. Miedziak, Nicholas F. Dummer, David J. Willock, Albert F. Carley, David J. Morgan, Stuart H. Taylor, Graham J. Hutchings*, David Knight, Christopher Lee

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The oxidative esterification of a homologous series of diols (1,3-propanediol,2-methyl-propanediol and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol) with methanol has been investigated using titania-supported gold, palladium and gold-palladium catalysts using molecular oxygen. The gold-palladium catalysts showed the highest activity and 1,3-propanediol was the most reactive while the additional methyl groups decreased the reactivity. However, it is possible to achieve high selectivity to methyl 3-hydroxypropionate and 2-methyl-3- hydroxyisobutyrate by mono-oxidations. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1120
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Diol oxidation
  • Gold catalysis
  • Gold palladium alloy nanoparticles
  • Oxidative esterification


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