Catalysis Letters

, Volume 127, Issue 1–2, pp 25–32 | Cite as

Gas Phase Hydrogenation of m-Dinitrobenzene over Alumina Supported Au and Au–Ni Alloy

  • Fernando Cárdenas-Lizana
  • Santiago Gómez-Quero
  • Mark A. Keane


We report, for the first time, 100% selectivity in the continuous gas phase hydrogenation of m-dinitrobenzene to m-nitroaniline (m-NAN) over Au/Al2O3. The synthesis and application of an alumina supported Au–Ni alloy is also described where alloy formation is demonstrated by XRD, diffuse reflectance UV–Vis and HRTEM analyses. Under the same reaction conditions, Au/Al2O3 delivered a higher (by close to an order of magnitude) hydrogenation rate compared with the alloy. Au–Ni/Al2O3 promoted the formation of both m-NAN and m-phenylenediamine, i.e. partial and complete hydrogenation: the results are consistent with a stepwise reduction mechanism.


Selective hydrogenation m-dinitrobenzene Au/Al2O3 Au–Ni/Al2O3 Supported alloy 



This work was financially supported by EPSRC through Grant 0231 110525; the authors are grateful to Dr. C.J. Baddeley and Mr. R. Blackley for their contribution to the TEM analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Cárdenas-Lizana
    • 1
  • Santiago Gómez-Quero
    • 1
  • Mark A. Keane
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical SciencesHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghScotland, UK

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