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


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: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts 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
Publication ISSN: 1873-3875
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 07:23
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 08:38
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-03-25
Published Online Date: 2019-01-29
Accepted Date: 2019-01-28
Authors: Li, Licheng
Yue, Haiqin
Ji, Tuo
Li, Wei (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4036-467X)
Zhao, Xuejuan
Wang, Lei
She, Jie
Gu, Xiaoli
Li, Xiaobao

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