Catalysis in Industry

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 105–109 | Cite as

Synthesis of Heptanoic Acid via the Oxidation of Octene-1 by Hydrogen Peroxide under Conditions of Phase-Transfer Catalysis

  • P. V. BerdnikovaEmail author
  • N. V. Selivanova
  • P. V. Oleneva
  • Z. P. Pai
Catalysis in Chemical and Petrochemical Industry


Results from studying the oxidation of octene-1 by a hydrogen peroxide solution to heptanoic acid in a two-phase liquid system under phase-transfer catalysis conditions are presented. Methyl(tri-n-octyl) ammonium tetra(oxodiperoxotungsto)phosphate [MeOct 3 n N]3{PO4[WO(O2)2]4} is used as a catalyst. The conditions of the formation of heptanoic acid with a yield of nearly 90% at temperatures below 100°C and atmospheric pressure in a single stage without organic solvents have been determined. The obtained experimental data provide the possibility to recommend this way for the synthesis of monocarboxylic acids from α-alkenes for the creation of green chemistry processes.


phase-transfer catalysis α-alkenes carboxylic acids peroxotungstates quaternary ammonium cations 


Sub is a substrate (octent-1, C6H13CH=CH2), Cat is a catalyst (methyl(tri-n-octyl)ammonium tetra(oxodiperoxotungsto) phosphate [MeOct3nN] 3{PO4[WO(O2)2]4})

Ox is an oxidant (hydrogen peroxide, H2O2)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. Berdnikova
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. V. Selivanova
    • 1
  • P. V. Oleneva
    • 1
  • Z. P. Pai
    • 1
  1. 1.Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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