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Catalytic Dealkylation of Ethers to Alcohols on Metal Surfaces

Biao Yang

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

These authors contributed equally to this work.

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Haiping Lin

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

These authors contributed equally to this work.

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Kangjian Miao

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Pan Zhu

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 12180 USA

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Liangbo Liang

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 12180 USA

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Kewei Sun

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Dr. Haiming Zhang

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Dr. Jian Fan

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Prof. Vincent Meunier

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 12180 USA

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Prof. Youyong Li

Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Dr. Qing Li

Corresponding Author

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Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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Prof. Lifeng Chi

Corresponding Author

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Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based, Functional Materials & Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123 P.R. China

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First published: 19 July 2016

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Abstract

On‐surface synthesis has prompted much interest in recent years because it provides an alternative strategy for controlling chemical reactions and allows for the direct observation of reaction pathways. Herein, we combined scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory to provide extensive evidence for the conversion of alkoxybenzene‐containing ethers into alcohols by means of surface synthesis. The reported dealkylation reactions are finely controlled by the annealing parameters, which govern the onset of successive alkyl chains dissociations. Moreover, density functional theory calculations elucidate the details of the reaction pathways, showing that dealkylation reactions are surface‐assisted and very different from their homogeneous analogues in solution.

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