SO3H-bearing mesoporous carbon with highly selective catalysis

Satoshi Suganuma, Kiyotaka Nakajima, Masaaki Kitano, Hideki Kato, Asako Tamura, Hidesato Kondo, Shinichiro Yanagawa, Shigenobu Hayashi, Michikazu Hara

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    A SO3H-bearing mesoporous carbon material was investigated as a new type of heterogeneous catalyst. Carbonization of resorcinol-formaldehyde resin at 773 K, followed by sulfonation results in amorphous carbon consisting of graphene with high densities of SO3H (0.9 mmol g-1) and phenolic OH (2.0 mmol g-1) groups. The mesoporous carbon that has a large surface area (433 m2 g-1) due to uniform mesopores (ca. 10 nm) exhibits remarkable catalytic performance for the selective dimerization of α-methylstyrene (AMS); the selectivity for unsaturated AMS dimers exceeds 99%. This catalysis is attributed to not only the large surface area based on large mesoporosity, but also to preventing intramolecular Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)443-450
    Number of pages8
    JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
    Issue number2-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep


    • Resorcinol-formaldehyde resin
    • Solid acid catalyst
    • Sulfonated mesoporous carbon
    • α-Methylstyrene dimerization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials


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