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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 2016407, 7 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of Carboxylic Acid by 2-Hexenal Oxidation Using Gold Catalysts Supported on MnO2

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Hail, P.O. Box 2440, Hail 81451, Saudi Arabia

Received 6 September 2016; Revised 3 November 2016; Accepted 8 November 2016

Academic Editor: Sedat Yurdakal

Copyright © 2016 Hamed Alshammari. 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.


Synthesis of carboxylic acid can be achieved by the oxidation of aldehyde using air as an oxidant in the presence of a potential catalyst. We demonstrated that 2-hexenal can be oxidized to carboxylic acid by Au, Pd, and Au-Pd catalysts and investigated the effects of catalyst support (graphite, TiO2, MgO, SiC, MnO2, CeO2, and Al2O3), preparation method for supported catalyst (sol immobilization, impregnation, and deposition precipitation), and choice of catalyst components. Analysis of conversion% and selectivity% for 2-hexenoic acid showed that MnO2-supported gold nanoparticles are the best catalysts for 2-hexenal oxidation. Moreover, catalysts prepared by sol immobilization are the most active possibly due to the much smaller gold nanoparticle size. Selectivity for 2-hexenoic acid is a major pathway of oxidation of 2-hexenal.