Ames Laboratory; Chemistry
Ames Laboratory, Chemistry
Tandem synthesis of ϵ-caprolactam, one of the largest scaled commercial chemicals, is highly desired from the viewpoint of cost, energy, and environment. However, relevant studies have remained largely underexplored. By using a one-pot strategy, we encapsulated phosphotungstic acid (PTA) into a chromium terephthalate metal-organic framework (MOF), MIL-101, for the efficient tandem conversion of cyclohexanone to ϵ-caprolactam. The highly dispersed PTA in the MOF matrix showed a high yield of ϵ-caprolactam through a tandem oximation-Beckmann rearrangement reaction at 100 °C for 12 h. Moreover, MIL-101-PTA was recycled three times, with only a slight loss in their catalytic performance. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first report using acidified MOF for a tandem oximation-Beckmann rearrangement reaction.
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