Novel mesoporous TiO2(B) whisker-supported sulfated solid superacid with unique acid characteristics and catalytic performances

Li, Licheng, Yue, Haiqin, Ji, Tuo, Li, Wei, Zhao, Xuejuan, Wang, Lei, She, Jie, Gu, Xiaoli and Li, Xiaobao (2019). Novel mesoporous TiO2(B) whisker-supported sulfated solid superacid with unique acid characteristics and catalytic performances. Applied Catalysis A: General, 574 , pp. 25-32.


Mesoporous TiO2(B) whisker was firstly applied as a support for synthesizing the novel sulfated solid superacid (SO42−/TiO2(B)). According to NH3-TPD, TG and Py-IR characterization results, it was found that the similar amount of sulfate group on TiO2(B) and anatase showed significantly different acid characteristics and catalytic performances. The total acid amount of SO42−/TiO2(B) was about 1.8 times as anatase-supported sulfated solid superacid (SO42−/Anatase). Simultaneously, the SO42−/TiO2(B) possessed higher percentage of Brønsted acid and more weak-medium acid strength than SO42−/Anatase. These acidic properties endowed SO42−/TiO2(B) with the increased esterification reaction rate and decreased alkylation byproduct selectivity compared with that of SO42−/Anatase. Structure-performance analysis exhibited that there were more bridged bidentate sulfate groups coordinated to the TiO2(B) in SO42−/TiO2(B), which could induce more Ti cations than that of the chelating one. This was the key factor to be responsible for the unique acid characteristics of SO42−/TiO2(B). The present work provides a novel solid superacid and might open a strategy to mediate the acid characteristic for sulfated solid superacid.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Polymer and advanced materials research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acid properties,Catalysis,Coordination,Sulfated solid superacid,TiO (B),Catalysis,Process Chemistry and Technology
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Published Online Date: 2019-03-25
Published Date: 2019-03-25
Authors: Li, Licheng
Yue, Haiqin
Ji, Tuo
Li, Wei ( 0000-0003-4036-467X)
Zhao, Xuejuan
Wang, Lei
She, Jie
Gu, Xiaoli
Li, Xiaobao



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License: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

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