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Journal of Catalysts
Volume 2014, Article ID 823054, 6 pages
Research Article

Improvement the Activity and Selectivity of Fenton System in the Oxidation of Alcohols

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and National Engineering Research Center for Organic Pollution Control and Resource, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

Received 18 October 2013; Accepted 23 February 2014; Published 24 March 2014

Academic Editor: David W. Mazyck

Copyright © 2014 Guoqiang Yang 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.


The reactivity and selectivity of Fenton system (Fe2+/H2O2) were improved with N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) as cocatalyst. The oxidation process of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde has been studied. The reaction catalyzed by this new Fe2+/H2O2/NHPI system can be well performed under room temperature without adding any organic solvent. Besides, this catalyst system is effective for the oxidation of different alcohols.