Catalysis Letters

, Volume 118, Issue 3–4, pp 290–294 | Cite as

Modified Zinc Oxide for the Direct Synthesis of Propylene Carbonate from Propylene Glycol and Carbon dioxide

  • Shiyong Huang
  • Shuigang Liu
  • Junping Li
  • Ning Zhao
  • Wei Wei
  • Yuhan Sun


A series of modified zinc oxide catalysts were prepared and their catalytic activities were evaluated by the direct synthesis of propylene carbonate from propylene glycol and carbon dioxide in the presence of acetonitrile, which acted as not only the solvent but also the dehydrating reagent in the reaction. The reusability test indicated that the modified catalysts had the high stability. Ammonium carbonate was added into the reaction to significantly elevate the selectivity of propylene carbonate.


Propylene carbonate Modified zinc oxide Propylene glycol Carbon dioxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiyong Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shuigang Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Junping Li
    • 1
  • Ning Zhao
    • 1
  • Wei Wei
    • 1
  • Yuhan Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion, Institute of Coal ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesTaiyuanP.R. China
  2. 2.Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP.R. China

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