ABSTRACT The selective oxidation of cyclohexene to 2-cyclohexene-1-ol and 2-cyclohexene-1-one has been investi-gated over Au/HNTs (HNTs: halloysite nanotubes) catalysts with molecular oxygen in a solvent-free system. The catalysts were prepared by deposition precipitation method and characterized by ICP-AES, TEM and XRD. The results show that the catalytic performance of Au/HNTs is quite well and the catalytic activity over recycled catalyst remains highly. Moreover, the nano-size effect of gold is also reported for the reaction.
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