Catalysis Letters

, Volume 121, Issue 1–2, pp 97–102 | Cite as

KF/Al2O3 as Solid Base for the Synthesis of Polycarbonate Diols (PCDLs)

  • Yue Xia Feng
  • Ning Yin
  • Qi Feng Li
  • Jun Wei Wang
  • Mao Qing Kang
  • Xin Kui Wang


Polycarbonate diols (PCDLs) are known as important intermediate for the manufacture of novel polyurethanes. In this work, a series of KF loaded oxides and alumina doped with potassium halides were prepared and employed as the catalysts for the PCDL synthesis via the reaction of hextane-1, 6-diols (HD) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) followed by vacuum oligomerization. Experimental results indicated that among the catalysts tested, KF/Al2O3 exhibited the best catalytic activity. Moreover, the catalyst could be reused for three times with acceptable catalytic activity. The basic centres with medium and strong strength generated through the interaction between KF and Al2O3 were catalytically active for the reaction.


Polycarbonate diols Alumina-supported potassium fluoride Solid base catalyst Recyclable catalyst 



This work was financially supported by the Innovation Fund from Institute of Coal Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Undergraduate Innovation Fund of the Science and Technology Development Project of Tai Yuan, Shan Xi province, China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yue Xia Feng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ning Yin
    • 1
  • Qi Feng Li
    • 1
  • Jun Wei Wang
    • 1
  • Mao Qing Kang
    • 1
  • Xin Kui Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Coal ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesTaiyuanP.R. China
  2. 2.Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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