Catalysis Letters

, Volume 143, Issue 12, pp 1266–1276 | Cite as

Noble Metal Promoted CeO2–ZrO2-Supported Ni Catalysts for Liquid-Phase Hydrogenation of Cinnamaldehyde

  • S. Bhogeswararao
  • V. Pavan Kumar
  • K. V. R. Chary
  • D. Srinivas


Pd or Pt promoted CeO2–ZrO2-supported Ni catalysts exhibited superior catalytic activity to the hitherto known Ni catalysts for liquid-phase hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde at moderate conditions. Under similar experimental conditions, the unpromoted catalyst was selective for hydrocinnamaldehyde product (C=C hydrogenation) whereas the promoted catalyst yielded 3-phenyl propanol (C=C and C=O hydrogenation product). Enhanced dispersion of Ni was the cause for higher activity of the promoted Ni catalysts.

Graphical Abstract

Ni/CeO2–ZrO2 promoted with Pd/Pt showed high catalytic activity for liquid phase hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde. The activity of these catalysts is superior to the hitherto known Ni catalysts.


Selective hydrogenation Cinnamaldehyde Supported Ni catalyst Ceria–zirconia Noble metal promoted catalyst 



S.B. acknowledges the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi for the award of Senior Research Fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bhogeswararao
    • 1
  • V. Pavan Kumar
    • 2
  • K. V. R. Chary
    • 2
  • D. Srinivas
    • 1
  1. 1.Catalysis DivisionCSIR-National Chemical LaboratoryPuneIndia
  2. 2.Inorganic and Physical Chemistry DivisionCSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical TechnologyHyderabadIndia

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