Cerium containing mcm-41-type mesoporous materials and their acidic and redox catalytic properties

S. C. Laha, P. Mukherjee, S. R. Sainkar, R. Kumar

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The syntheses of cerium containing MCM-41 mesoporous molecular sieves (Ce-MCM-41) were carried out using different hydrothermal methods. However, the Ce-MCM-41 samples were mainly prepared by refluxing the gel mixture at atmospheric pressure under stirring adsorption, diffuse reflectance UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, solid state magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analyses of the samples reveal that well-ordered MCM-41-type mesoporous materials were prepared and Ce is incorporated presumably into the framework position and/or into the walls of silica matrix of MCM-41 structure. The EDX analyses of the samples confirm the presence of Ce in the Ce-MCM-41 samples. Typical XRD patterns of MCM-41-type hexagonal structures and high BET surface areas (983-1414 m2 g-1) with isotherms of type IV of these materials indicate the presence of hexagonal mesopores in the samples. The presence of a strong absorption band centered at ca. 300 nm and the absence of any absorption band at ca. 400 nm in the diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra indicate the presence of tetra-coordinated cerium in the silica network of Ce-MCM-41 samples. The Ce-MCM-41 samples are active as catalysts for vapor-phase dehydration of cyclohexanol to cyclohexene and hydroxylation of 1-naphthol with aqueous H2O2 and tert-butyl hydroperoxide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Catalytic activity
  • Cerium
  • Dehydration of cyclohexanol
  • Hydroxylation of 1-naphthol
  • Synthesis of MCM-41

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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