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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 4563832, 9 pages
Research Article

Effect of Carbon Supported Pt Catalysts on Selective Hydrogenation of Cinnamaldehyde

Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Materials, Heilongjiang University, Ministry of Education, Harbin 150080, China

Received 4 May 2016; Accepted 28 July 2016

Academic Editor: Ioannis D. Kostas

Copyright © 2016 Qing Han 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.


Selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde (CAL) to cinnamyl alcohol (COL) is of both fundamental and industrial interest. It is of great significance to evaluate the possible differences between different supports arising from metal dispersion and electronic effects, in terms of activity and selectivity. Herein, Pt catalysts on different carbon supports including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and reduced graphene oxides (RGO) were developed by a simple wet impregnation method. The resultant catalysts were well characterized by XRD, Raman, N2 physisorption, TEM, and XPS analysis. Applied in the hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde, 3.5 wt% Pt/CNT shows much higher selectivity towards cinnamyl alcohol (62%) than 3.5 wt% Pt/RGO@SiO2 (48%). The enhanced activity can be ascribed to the high graphitization degree of CNTs and high density of dispersed Pt electron cloud.