Ultrastable 3V-PPh3 polymers supported single Rh sites for fixed-bed hydroformylation of olefins

Miao Jiang, Li Yan, Yunjie Ding, Qi Sun, Jia Liu, Hejun Zhu, Ronghe Lin, Fengshou Xiao, Zheng Jiang, Jingyue Liu

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The heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts is of critical importance for both fundamental research and practical applications. The key obstacle to industrial applications of heterogenized homogeneous catalysts is the long-term stability of the immobilized molecular complexes. We unambiguously demonstrate in this report that the vinyl-functionalized PPh3 polymers supported single Rh sites (Rh/POL-PPh3) catalyst provided not only excellent catalytic activity but also ultrahigh stability for fixed-bed olefins hydroformylation, which is one of the most important industrial homogeneous catalytic processes for the synthesis of aldehydes and alcohols. HAADF-STEM and EXAFS results indicated that the Rh atoms were present in single Rh sites which were strongly coordinated with the exposed phosphorous atoms of the POL-PPh3 support. The Rh/POL-PPh3 catalyst provided high activity and selectivity because it maintained the catalytic functionalities similar to the homogeneous HRh(CO)(PPh3)3 complex, as demonstrated both by 31P MAS NMR and in situ FT-IR experiments. Thus a reaction mechanism, similar to that over the homogeneous HRh(CO)(PPh3)3 complex, was proposed for olefin hydroformylation over the novel Rh/POL-PPh3 catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
StatePublished - May 30 2015


  • Heterogenized catalysts
  • Hydroformylation
  • Porous organic ligands
  • Rhodium
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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