Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 2003, 68, 1914-1926

Synthesis and Characterisation of Ordered Mesoporous Acid Catalysts for Synthesis of Biodegradable Surfactants

Marcelo Boveri, Javier Agúndez, Isabel Díaz, Joaquín Pérez-Pariente and Enrique Sastre*

Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC, C/Marie Curie, s/n, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain


Solid acid catalysts based on -SO3H-grafted MCM-41 mesoporous silica were prepared as catalysts for the synthesis of biodegradable surfactants leading reactions. The influence of hydrothermal synthesis time on properties of the mesoporous matrix and catalytic activity and selectivity of the catalysts in the stearic acid-glycerol esterification were studied.

Keywords: Functionalised mesoporous materials; Zeolites; Molecular sieves; Heterogeneous catalysis; Esterification; Fatty acids; Glycerol; Surfactants.

References: 35 live references.