What is the mechanism for the oxidation of benzene to maleic anhydride using vanadium pentoxide, $\ce{V2O5}$?


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A talk given by Ken Waugh named The Detailed Kinetics of the Partial Oxidation Reactions: Benzene/Butane to Maleic Anhydride, Ethylene to Ethylene Oxide,[1] proposes the following mechanism on page 4:

DA Dowden mechanism of benzene oxidation to MA using molecularly adsorbed oxygen

[1]: Acessible as pdf via rsc.org


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