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Issue 3, 2011
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Sulfonated graphene as water-tolerant solid acid catalyst

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Acid catalysts are essential for various chemical reactions in the industrial hydrocarbon chemistry. Sulfonated carbon has shown promising application as a new, cheap and environmentally friendly solid acid catalyst. In this study, we prepared the sulfonated graphene acid catalyst, and it was characterized by electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, solid state 13C MAS NMR, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Catalytic hydrolysis of ethyl acetate shows that the sulfonated graphene has highly catalytic activity and can be repetitively used as a water-tolerant solid acid catalyst.

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The article was received on 13 Sep 2010, accepted on 09 Nov 2010 and first published on 03 Dec 2010

Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SC00484G
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2011,2, 484-487
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    Sulfonated graphene as water-tolerant solid acid catalyst

    J. Ji, G. Zhang, H. Chen, S. Wang, G. Zhang, F. Zhang and X. Fan, Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 484
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SC00484G

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