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Structural studies of high dispersion H3PW12O40/SiO2 solid acid catalysts

Newman, A.D., Brown, D.R., Siril, P., Lee, A.F. and Wilson, K. (2006) Structural studies of high dispersion H3PW12O40/SiO2 solid acid catalysts. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 8 (24). pp. 2893-2902. ISSN 1463-9076

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Highly dispersed H3PW12O40/SiO2 catalysts with loadings between 3.6 and 62.5 wt% have been synthesised and characterised. The formation of a chemically distinct interfacial HPW species is identified by XPS, attributed to pertubation of W atoms within the Keggin cage in direct contact with the SiO2 surface. EXAFS confirms the Keggin unit remains intact for all loadings, while NH3 adsorption calorimetery reveals the acid strength >0.14 monolayers of HPW is loading invariant with initial Hads = –164 kJ mol–1. Lower loading catalysts exhibit weaker acidity which is attributed to an inability of highly dispersed clusters to form crystalline water. For reactions involving non-polar hydrocarbons the interfacial species where the accessible tungstate is highest confer the greatest reactivity, while polar chemistry is favoured by higher loadings which can take advantage of the H3PW12O40 pseudo-liquid phase available within supported multilayers.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Chemistry (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2009 10:39
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2009 10:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b603979k
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Identification Number: 10.1039/b603979k
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7203

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