Catalysis Letters

, Volume 111, Issue 3–4, pp 159–163 | Cite as

Nano-sized crystallites of vanadyl pyrophosphate as a highly selective catalyst for n-butane oxidation

  • Yuichi Kamiya
  • Naonori Ryumon
  • Hiroyuki Imai
  • Toshio Okuhara

Exfoliation-reduction of VOPO4 · 2H2O in a mixed alcohol consisting of 2-butanol and ethanol, followed by the thermal treatment in the presence of n-butane, O2, and He at 663 K for 300 h, produces novel nano-sized crystallites (~ 50 nm) of (VO)2P2O7. The nano-sized (VO)2P2O7 crystallites exhibit a high selectivity to maleic anhydride (~ 84%) for the selective oxidation of n-butane.


butane (VO)2P2O7 nano-crystallite selective oxidation light alkane 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuichi Kamiya
    • 1
    • 2
  • Naonori Ryumon
    • 2
  • Hiroyuki Imai
    • 2
  • Toshio Okuhara
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Faculty of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Environmental ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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