Synthesis of amine functionalized mesoporous silicas templated by castor oil for transesterification


Mesoporous silicas were synthesized via a surfactant-templated sol-gel route using castor oil as the templating agent under acidic medium. The resulting silicas were subsequently amine functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (NH2-MTS), [3-(2-aminoethylamino)-propyl]trimethoxysilane (NN-MTS), and [3-(diethylamino)propyl]trimethoxysilane(DN-MTS) to introduce surface basicity. Surface physicochemical properties were characterized by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM), nitrogen porosimetry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). As-synthesised materials exhibit type IV adsorption-desorption isotherms characteristic of mesoporous structures. Clusters of spherical shaped materials were observed by FEGSEM, suggesting growth of silica occurs within colloidal dispersions. High-resolution N 1s XP spectra and DRIFT spectra confirmed the presence of amine groups in the organo-amine functionalised mesoporous silicas. The amine functionalised mesoporous silicas were active for the transesterification of tributyrin with methanol, with conversion found to increase from NH2-MTS< NN-MTS< DN-MTS.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: catalytic,heterogenous,mesoscale,porosity,sol-gel,Mechanical Engineering,Mechanics of Materials,Materials Science(all),Condensed Matter Physics
Publication ISSN: 2059-8521
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2024 08:22
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 09:08
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Published Date: 2018-09-18
Published Online Date: 2018-04-10
Accepted Date: 2018-04-01
Authors: Elimbinzi, Elianaso
Nyandoro, Stephen S.
Mubofu, Egid B.
Osatiashtiani, Amin (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1334-127X)
Manayil, Jinesh C. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9864-3332)
Isaacs, Mark A.
Lee, Adam F.
Wilson, Karen



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