The N-doped carbon material supported Fe catalysts were developed for the oxidation of C-H bond of hydrocarbons to ketones and alcohols. The supported Fe catalysts were prepared by pyrolysis of [CMIM]3Fe(CN)6 ionic liquid in activated carbon. And the Fe(Ⅲ)@CN-600 showed good activity and high selectivity for the oxidation of alfa C-H bond of alkylbenzenes. The isolated Fe(Ⅲ) iron active sites should be responsible for the high activity and selectivity for the oxidation of hydrocarbons to ketones. Several ketones were obtained in good to excellent yields. Moreover, cyclohexanone can also be obtained through the oxidation of cyclohexane.

Zhengliang Qi, Junmei Liu, Wanwan Guo and Jun Huang