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Heterogeneous Ru-Based Catalysts for One-Pot Synthesis of Primary Amines from Aldehydes and Ammonia

School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Keith Hohn
Catalysts 2015, 5(4), 2258-2270;
Received: 10 November 2015 / Revised: 9 December 2015 / Accepted: 10 December 2015 / Published: 16 December 2015
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The direct reductive amination of carbonyl compounds with NH3 and H2 is an alternative route to produce primary amines in practical production. The search for efficient and selective catalysts has attracted great interest. In the present work, the reductive amination of heptaldehyde with NH3 was investigated over a Ru-based catalyst. The product selectivities were found to be related with the supports of Ru. The alumina with spinel structure (γ-Al2O3, θ-Al2O3)-supported Ru catalysts exhibited selectivity favoring primary amines (94% yield) at 100% heptaldehyde conversion under optimal conditions. Purely basic (MgO, CaO) and relative acidic (Nb2O5, SnO2, MCM-41, HZSM-5) supports showed relatively poor selectivity towards primary amines (0%–53% yield). The reductive amination mechanism was also proposed. The Schiff base N-[heptylene]heptyl-1-amine was a key intermediate. Ru/γ-Al2O3 was shown to be an excellent hydrogenolysis catalyst to selectively produce primary amine by amination and hydrogenolysis of N-[heptylene]heptyl-1-amine. View Full-Text
Keywords: heterogeneous catalyst; Ru; reductive amination; aldehyde; ammonia heterogeneous catalyst; Ru; reductive amination; aldehyde; ammonia

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Dong, B.; Guo, X.; Zhang, B.; Chen, X.; Guan, J.; Qi, Y.; Han, S.; Mu, X. Heterogeneous Ru-Based Catalysts for One-Pot Synthesis of Primary Amines from Aldehydes and Ammonia. Catalysts 2015, 5, 2258-2270.

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