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Remarkable catalytic activity of a sulfonated mesoporous polymer (MP-SO3H) for the synthesis of solketal at room temperature

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A sulfonic acid-functionalized mesoporous polymer (MP-SO3H) catalyst was prepared via post-synthetic modification of mesoporous polydivinylbenzene by incorporating a sulfonic acid moiety using conc. H2SO4. The synthesized materials were characterized via several physicochemical techniques and their performance was evaluated for the room-temperature liquid-phase acetalization of glycerol with acetone. The MP-SO3H catalyst performed better than other conventional solid acid catalysts, with a 94% glycerol conversion and 98.5% selectivity for solketal. The high activity of the MP-SO3H catalyst was attributed to the facile diffusion of reactants and products in the mesoporous environment as well as to the high acidity. Glycerol conversion increased with increase in the total acidity of the catalyst. In addition, the acidity and surface density of (H+) ions were found to have a direct correlation with the catalyst performance.

Graphical abstract: Remarkable catalytic activity of a sulfonated mesoporous polymer (MP-SO3H) for the synthesis of solketal at room temperature

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The article was received on 18 Jan 2017, accepted on 19 May 2017 and first published on 22 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00211D
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 5745-5751
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    Remarkable catalytic activity of a sulfonated mesoporous polymer (MP-SO3H) for the synthesis of solketal at room temperature

    S. R. Churipard, P. Manjunathan, P. Chandra, G. V. Shanbhag, R. Ravishankar, P. V. C. Rao, G. Sri Ganesh, A. B. Halgeri and S. P. Maradur, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 5745
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00211D

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