Sulfonic acid-functionalized phenylene-bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas as catalyst materials

Bulcsú Rác, Péter Hegyes, Peter Forgo, Árpád Molnár

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Three solid acids based on bridged periodic mesoporous organosilica structure (PMO) with a benzene ring as the rigid unit incorporated in the framework and functionalized with anchored sulfonic acid groups were synthesized. Samples were prepared by either sol-gel polymerization of 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene (BTEB) or co-condensation of BTEB and 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) in the presence of octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide surfactant. Physical characterization data (X-ray powder diffraction, nitrogen adsorption and desorption, and NMR spectroscopy) and acid-base titration indicate the formation of ordered structure and successful functionalization. Catalytic properties were studied in both gas-phase and liquid-phase reactions. The catalytic performance of the PMO-based samples in the isopropylation of phenol in the gas-phase, particularly their stability, exceeds markedly those of functionalized mesoporous ordered materials (MCM-41, HMS and SBA-15). Selectivities in the Fries rearrangement of phenyl acetate over the PMO-based catalysts differ significantly from that of the homogeneous reaction. The sample with benzenesulfonic acid surface functions exhibits higher activities and different selectivities in the dimerization of 2-phenylpropene and in the rearrangement-aromatization of ketoisophorone as compared to samples functionalized with propanesulfonic acid groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 17 2006



  • Benzene bridged
  • Benzenesulfonic acid
  • Fries rearrangement
  • Periodic mesoporous organosilicas
  • Phenol isopropylation
  • Propanesulfonic acid
  • Shape selectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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