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Physical properties and bifunctional catalytic performance of phosphate-vanadium impregnated silica-titania aerogel

Kluwer Academic Publishers
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  • Qd Chemistry


The excellent catalytic performance of phosphate-vanadium impregnated silica-titania aerogel as a bifunctional oxidative and acidic catalyst was evaluated in consecutive transformation of 1-octene to 1,2-octanediol through formation of 1,2-epoxyoctane using aqueous H2O2. Phosphate group and vanadium were impregnated onto silica-titania aerogel via wet impregnation method at room temperature, followed by a high calcination temperature. Significant increase of hydrated, tetrahedrally coordinated Ti species was found in phosphate-vanadium impregnated silica-titania sample. Pyridine adsorption study revealed that the combination of phosphate group and vanadium is essential for generation of Brønsted acidic sites. Phosphate-vanadium impregnated silica-titania catalyst produced 1,2-octanediol (275 µmol) with selectivity of 65%. In contrast, no noticeable diol was produced when silica-titania aerogel and phosphate treated silica-titania sample were used.

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