Direct synthesis of well-ordered and unusually reactive FeSBA-15 mesoporous molecular sieves

Vinu, A., Sawant, D. P., Ariga, K., Hossain, K. Z., Halligudi, S. B., Hartmann, M. and Nomura, M. (2005) Direct synthesis of well-ordered and unusually reactive FeSBA-15 mesoporous molecular sieves. Chemistry of Materials, 17 21: 5339-5345. doi:10.1021/cm050883z

Author Vinu, A.
Sawant, D. P.
Ariga, K.
Hossain, K. Z.
Halligudi, S. B.
Hartmann, M.
Nomura, M.
Title Direct synthesis of well-ordered and unusually reactive FeSBA-15 mesoporous molecular sieves
Journal name Chemistry of Materials   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0897-4756
Publication date 2005-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/cm050883z
Volume 17
Issue 21
Start page 5339
End page 5345
Total pages 7
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Large-pore hexagonal SBA-15 molecular sieves partially substituted with iron(III) have been synthesized for the first time in highly acidic media. The degree of iron(III) incorporation into SBA-15 can easily be controlled by a simple adjustment of the molar ratio of water and hydrochloric acid. All the materials have been characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption, UV-Vis DRS, ESR, and XANES spectroscopy. The characterization of the FeSBA-15 materials by UV-Vis DRS, ESR, and XANES spectroscopies suggests that the iron atoms are highly dispersed and mostly occupy isolated tetrahedral sites. XANES studies revealed that the proportion of tetrahedrally coordinated Fe atoms decreases with decreasing nSi/nFe ratios. Benzylation of benzene (or substituted benzenes) using benzyl chloride as the alkylating agent over FeSBA-15 with different nSi/nFe ratios was investigated as was the same reaction using A1SBA-15 as catalyst. The influence of parameters such as reaction temperature, reactant feed ratio, and the presence of electrondonating substituents on the activity and selectivity of A1SBA-15 was studied. Under optimized reaction conditions, the FeSBA-15 catalyst showed a superior catalytic performance in the benzylation of benzene and other aromatics using benzyl chloride, with a clean conversion of benzyl chloride to the monoalkylated product (100% selectivity) with a very high rate constant when compared to other mesoporous materials such as A1SBA-15 and FeHMS. Interestingly, use of FeSB A-15(21) resulted in quantitative conversion of benzyl chloride with a high rate constant of 2420.5 × 10-4 min-1 under the optimized reaction conditions.
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