Hydrolytic vs. Nonhydrolytic Sol-Gel in Preparation of Mixed Oxide Silica-Alumina Catalysts for Esterification

Molecules. 2022 Apr 14;27(8):2534. doi: 10.3390/molecules27082534.


The development of green and sustainable materials for use as heterogeneous catalysts is a growing area of research in chemistry. In this paper, mesoporous SiO2-Al2O3 mixed oxide catalysts with different Si/Al ratios were prepared via hydrolytic (HSG) and nonhydrolytic sol-gel (NHSG) processes. The HSG route was explored in acidic and basic media, while NHSG was investigated in the presence of diisopropylether as an oxygen donor. The obtained materials were characterized using EDX, N2-physisorption, powder XRD, 29Si, 27Al MAS-NMR, and NH3-TPD. This approach offered good control of composition and the Si/Al ratio was found to influence both the texture and the acidity of the mesoporous materials. According to 27Al and 29Si MAS NMR analyses, silicon and aluminum were more regularly distributed in NHSG samples that were also more acidic. Silica-alumina catalysts prepared via NHSG were more active in esterification of acetic acid with n-BuOH.

PMID:35458732 | PMC:PMC9029862 | DOI:10.3390/molecules27082534


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