Fe/Al synergy in Fe2O3 nanoparticles supported on porous aluminosilicate materials: excelling activities in oxidation reactions

Alina Mariana Balu, Antonio Pineda, Kenta Yoshida, Juan Manuel Campelo, Pratibha L. Gai, Rafael Luque, Antonio Angel Romero

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A synergetic Fe-Al effect in Fe2O3 nanoparticles supported on mesoporous aluminosilicates compared to pure siliceous silicates has been demonstrated, for the first time, by a remarkably superior catalytic activity of the former in the microwave-assisted selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde. This significant finding, that also deeply influences the acidity of the materials (increasing total and particularly Lewis acidity), can have important consequences in the improved efficiency of these systems in related oxidations as well as in acid catalysed processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7825-7827
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2010

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