Structure and reactivity of sol-gel sulphonic acid silicas

Wilson, Karen, Lee, Adam F., Macquarrie, Duncan J. and Clark, James H. (2002). Structure and reactivity of sol-gel sulphonic acid silicas. Applied Catalysis A: General, 228 (1-2), pp. 127-133.


A range of mesoporous solid sulphonic acid catalysts have been prepared from a mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane (MPTS) precursor by sol-gel synthesis. The creation of surface sulphonic acid functionality via thiol oxidation has been followed by XPS and Raman spectroscopy. It is possible to continuously vary the sulphonic acid loading from 1 to 12wt.% while maintaining pore volume and mesostructure. The resulting materials exhibit high thermal stability and acid strength across the composition range and show good activity and selectivity in esterification and condensation reactions.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical engineering & applied chemistry
Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Uncontrolled Keywords: solid acid catalysts,organically modified silica,clean technology,green chemistry,sulphonic acid,mesoporous silica
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Published Date: 2002-03-28
Authors: Wilson, Karen ( 0000-0003-4873-708X)
Lee, Adam F. ( 0000-0002-2153-1391)
Macquarrie, Duncan J.
Clark, James H.


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