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Patent / 1972

Palladium-active carbon hydrogenation catalyst

  • Ivan Villax
DE 2163362
A Pd/C catalyst was made by redn. of Pd chloride in aq. suspension of active C with H-coal gas mixts. at and used for the redn. of .beta.-naphthoyl chloride to .beta.-naphthaldehyde or for the simultaneous dehalogenation and selective redn. of exocyclic methylene double bonds in pregnatriene, pregnadiene, and tetracycline derivs. Thus, 5 g Pd chloride in H2O was added to a suspension of 54 g active carbon in 100 ml H2O and a 96% H-4% coal gas mixt. passed through the suspension 2 hr at to give a 5% Pd/C catalyst. 9.alpha.-Bromo-11.beta.,17.alpha.-dihydroxy-16-methylenepregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione was hydrogenated in AcOH in the presence of this catalyst at and 1000 mbar to give 93.4% 16.beta.-methyl-11.beta.,17.alpha.-dihydroxypregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione of high cortisone activity.