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Sulfonated graphene as water-tolerant solid acid catalyst

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Abstract

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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Submitted
13 Sep 2010
Accepted
09 Nov 2010
First published
03 Dec 2010

Chem. Sci., 2011,2, 484-487
Article type
Edge Article

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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