Zinc and Nitrogen-Doped Carbon In-Situ Wrapped ZnO Nanoparticles as a High-Activity Catalyst for Acetylene Acetoxylation

  • Libing Hu
  • Zhuang Xu
  • Peijie He
  • Xugen WangEmail author
  • Zhiqun Tian
  • Huifang Yuan
  • Feng YuEmail author
  • Bin Dai


Acetylene chemical process, especially catalyzing acetylene acetoxylation for the synthesis of vinyl acetate (VAc), has attracted wide attention in coal-rich countries. Although great efforts have been made to prepare different catalysts to improve the VAc synthesis via acetylene acetoxylation, the acetic acid (HAc) conversion cannot achieve a satisfactory level, much lower than 60%. Herein, ZnO nanoparticles in situ wrapped on zinc-nitrogen-carbon materials (ZnO@ Zn–N–C) have been successfully synthesized. Due to the simultaneous presence of nitrogen and carbon in chitosan, the obtained carbon material achieved in situ nitrogen doping during the high-temperature treatment. Furthermore, the as-obtained ZnO@Zn–N–C exhibits high specific surface area of 1430.1 m2/g and pore volume of 0.92 cm3/g, because Zn composites have the ability to etch carbon to form pores. In particular, ZnO@Zn–N–C displays an amazing catalytic activity for acetylene acetoxylation to synthesize VAc with the HAc conversion high up to 88.8%, which is much higher than those reported in other papers before.

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Zinc oxide Zinc–nitrogen–carbon Vinyl acetate Acetylene chemical process Acetylene acetoxylation 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21406144, U1403294), and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (No. IRT_15R46).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Green Processing of Chemical Engineering of Xinjiang Bingtuan, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringShihezi UniversityShiheziPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Collaborative Innovation Center of Renewable Energy MaterialsGuangxi UniversityNanningPeople’s Republic of China

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