Catalysis Letters

, Volume 143, Issue 2, pp 154–158 | Cite as

Effect of Local Structure of Mo Oxide on Selective Photo-Oxidation of Propane to Acetone

  • Nobuyuki Ichikuni
  • Yuma Nakao
  • Kazuya Ishizuki
  • Takayoshi Hara
  • Shogo Shimazu


Mo oxide species were prepared on oxide supports and applied for selective photo-oxidation of propane. Mo oxide on mesoporous alumina had a monomeric structure whereas that on mesoporous silica had an oligomeric structure. The main product of the propane photo-oxidation reaction was acetone and propene on Mo oxide monomer unit and on oligomer unit, respectively.

Graphical Abstract


Photocatalyst Molybdenum oxide Selective photo-oxidation of propane XAFS 



This study was financially supported by Tokuyama Science Foundation. XAFS experiments were performed on the BM23 beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France (CH-3497, Priority Program for Disaster-Affected Quantum Beam Facilities) and NW10A beamline at KEK-PF AR, Tsukuba, Japan (2010G064). We are grateful to Dr. Santiago Figueroa at ESRF for providing assistance in using beamline BM23.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuyuki Ichikuni
    • 1
  • Yuma Nakao
    • 1
  • Kazuya Ishizuki
    • 1
  • Takayoshi Hara
    • 1
  • Shogo Shimazu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry and BiotechnologyGraduate School of Engineering, Chiba UniversityChibaJapan

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