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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 3958319, 14 pages
Research Article

Comparative Catalytic Evaluation of Nano-ZrOx Promoted Manganese Catalysts: Kinetic Study and the Effect of Dopant on the Aerobic Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols

1Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Chemistry, K L University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522502, India
3King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Syed Farooq Adil; as.ude.usk@lidafs

Received 15 March 2017; Revised 2 May 2017; Accepted 8 May 2017; Published 31 May 2017

Academic Editor: Mikhael Bechelany

Copyright © 2017 Mohamed E. Assal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This work reports the zirconia (ZrOx) nanoparticles doped MnCO3 catalysts prepared by facile and simple coprecipitation technique and the synthesis of zirconia-manganese carbonate [X% ZrOx–MnCO3] (where % = 0–7%) catalyst which upon calcination at 400°C is converted to zirconia-manganese dioxide [1% ZrOx–MnO2] and when calcined at 500°C is converted to zirconia-manganic trioxide [1% ZrOx–Mn2O3]. A comparative catalytic study was performed to investigate the catalytic efficiency between carbonate and oxides for the selective oxidation of 1-phenylethanol by using molecular O2 as a clean oxidant. The influence of several parameters such as w/w% of ZrOx, reaction time, calcination temperature, catalyst amount, and reaction temperature has been thoroughly examined using oxidation of 1-phenylethanol as a model substrate. The 1% ZrOx–MnCO3 precalcined at 300°C exhibited the best catalytic efficiency. It was found that ZrOx nanoparticles also play an essential role in enhancing the effectiveness of the catalytic system for the aerobic oxidation of alcohols. Furthermore, the physical and chemical properties of synthesized catalysts were evaluated by microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. An extremely high specific activity of 40 mmol·g−1·h−1 with a 100% conversion of oxidation product and selectivity of >99% was achieved within extremely short reaction time (6 min).