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Copper chromite is the inorganic compound with the formula Cu2Cr2O5. For commercial applications, samples often contain barium oxide and other components. that is used to catalyse reactions in organic synthesis.
Synthesis and structure
The material was first described in 1908. A variety of composition are recognized including Cr2CuO4·CuO·BaCrO4 (chemical abstracts registry number is 99328-50-4) and Cr2Cu2O5 (CAS# 12053-18-8). The latter is sometimes intentionally poisoned with quinoline, when the catalyst is used for decarboxylation reactions. The catalyst was developed in North America by Homer Burton Adkins and Wilbur Arthur Lazier partly based on interrogation of German chemists after World War II in relation to the Fischer-Tropsch process. For this reason it is referred to as the Lazier catalyst. The catalyst Cr2CuO4·CuO·BaCrO4 is prepared by addition of a solution containing both barium nitrate and copper(II) nitrate to a solution of ammonium chromate. This resulting precipitate is calcined at 350–400 °C.
4 → CrCuO
3 + O
Copper barium ammonium chromate is the most commonly used substance for production of copper chromite. The resulting copper chromite mixture produced by this method can only be used in procedures that contain materials inert to barium, as barium is a product of the decomposition of copper barium ammonium chromate, and is thus present in the resulting mixture. The by-product copper oxide is removed using an acetic acid extraction, consisting of washing with the acid, decantation and then heat drying of the remaining solid to yield isolated copper chromite. Copper chromite is produced by the exposure of copper barium ammonium chromate to temperatures of 350-450°C, generally by a muffle furnace: 
5 → CrCuO3 + CuO + 2Ba + 4H
2O + 4Cr + N
2 + 6O
Copper ammonium chromate is also used for production of copper chromite. It is generally utilized as an alternative to the route of barium ammonium chromate for usage in chemicals reactive with barium. This can also be washed with acetic acid and dried to remove impurities. Copper chromite is produced through the exposure of copper ammonium chromate to temperatures of 350-450°C:
2 → CrCuO
3 + CrO + 4H
2O + N
- Hydrogenolysis of ester compounds to the corresponding alcohols. For example, sebacion, derived from the acyloin condensation of dimethyl sebacate, is hydrogenated to 1,2-cyclodecanediol by this catalyst. Phenanthrene is also reduced, at the 9,10 position.
- Hydrogenolysis of 2-furfuryl alcohol to 1,5-pentanediol at 250–300 °C under 3300-6000 psi of H2.
- Decarboxylation of α-phenylcinnamic acid to cis-stilbene.
Reactions involving hydrogen are conducted at relatively high gas pressure (135 atm) and high temperatures (150–300 °C) in a so-called hydrogenation bomb. More active catalysts requiring less vigrous conditions are known but are typically derived from more expensive metals, such as platinum.
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- Fischer-Tropsch Archive
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- ^ CAS registry [7440-47-3] & [1317-38-0]