From Catalysis in Application

S. Koujout and D.R. Brown
Centre for Applied Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK


In the recent drive to prepare mesoporous solid acid catalysts for liquid phase processes, a popular approach has been to tether sulfonic acid groups to mesoporous silica supports.1 &2 The preferred method for functionalising has been to incorporate 3-mercaptopropylsilane in the synthesis gel for the mesoporous silica, and then, after precipitation and isolation, to oxidise the thiol group to sulfonic acid.2 These materials have exhibited relatively high catalytic activity and the approach is emerging as one of the most successful for preparing acid forms of porous silica.

It is instructive to compare these new supported sulfonic acids with the well established polystyrene-supported sulfonic acids which have been used as acid catalysts in reactions such as MTBE synthesis for many years. 3 5 These sulfonated polymers are generally thought to be limited in application because of their relatively low acid strength and poor stability at reaction temperatures above 150 C.4 &5 However, we and others have shown how sulfonated polystyrene resins with high levels of sulfonation (above the stoichiometric level of one sulfonic acid group per styrene unit) exhibit significantly higher acid strengths and catalytic activities than resins with the more usual, roughly stoichiometric, level of sulfonation. 5 11 An important aspect of this is that these higher acidities and activities are observed not only in dry resins, but also in the presence of water,...

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