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Mesoporous silica of SBA-15 type was modified for the first time with 3-(trihydroxysiyl)-1-propanesulfonic acid (TPS) by post-synthesis modification involving microwave or standard heating with the intention to generate the BrÃ¸nsted acidic centers on the material floor. The samples structure and composition were examined by low temperature N2 adsorption/desorption, XRD, HRTEM, elemental and thermal analyses. The surface properties have been evaluated by esterification of acetic acid with n-hexanol used as the test response. A much increased effectivity of TPS species incorporation was reached with the applying of microwave radiation for 1 h than typical modification for 24 h. It was discovered that the construction of mesoporous support was preserved after modification utilizing both strategies applied on this study. Materials obtained with using microwave radiation confirmed a superior catalytic activity and high stability. Working on a manuscript? The structure of those solids is characterized by comparatively large surface area, e.g. A thousand m2 gâˆ’1, and the presence of hexagonal channels regular in size.
The diameter of the channels may be designed by the applying of various sort of natural templates that play a task very similar to that of structure directing agent (SDA) within the course of zeolite synthesis. Much consideration has been devoted to the event of recent catalysts based on silica mesoporous structure and showing acidic properties. The benefit of one-pot synthesis modification method is that the oxidation of thiol species takes place in the course of the synthesis of mesoporous material using hydrogen peroxide as an oxidizing agent. It is necessary to generate the acidic SO3H species. For submit-synthesis modification of ordered mesoporous silica with MPTMS, the oxidation of thiol species has to be carried out in a separate step, after MPTMS immobilization. The oxidation process often includes an excess of hydrogen peroxide. In this specific work the esterification of acetic acid with n-hexanol was applied as a take a look at reaction. Beside the determination of acidity of catalysts the product of over-mentioned process, i.e. hexyl acetate, is a beneficial product, which can be utilized for instance as a solvent or paint additive.