Hydroformylation of olefins with the water soluble HRh(CO)[P(m-C6H4SO3Na)3]3 in supported aqueous-phase. Is it really aqueous?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Journal / PublicationCatalysis Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


The hydroformylation of olefins with the water soluble complex HRh(CO) [P(m-C6H4SO3Na)3]3 (1) is dependent on the solubility of the olefins in the aqueous phase. In contrast, when the aqueous solution of 1 is immobilized on a high surface area silica support the effects of the size of the olefins diminish. The immobilized catalyst 1 on silica shows significant water loss but not rhodium leaching. It is proposed that the hydrophilic support holds the water soluble phosphines by hydrogen bonding of the hydrated sodium-sulphonate groups to the surface. © 1990 J.C. Baltzer A.G. Scientific Publishing Company.

Research Area(s)

  • (SAP) catalyst, hydrogen bonding, Olefin hydroformylation, supported aqueous-phase, water soluble phosphines