Nitridated fibrous silica (KCC-1) as a sustainable solid base nanocatalyst

Mohamed Bouhrara, Chanakya Ranga, Aziz Fihri, Rafik Shaikh, Pradip Sarawade, Abdul-Hamid M. Emwas, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Vivek Polshettiwar

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We observed that support morphology has dramatic effects on the performance of nitridated silica as a base. By simply replacing conventional silica supports (such as SBA-15 and MCM-41) with fibrous nanosilica (KCC-1), we observed multifold enhancement in the catalytic activity of the nitridated solid base for Knoevenagel condensations and transesterification reactions. This enhancement of the activity can be explained by amine accessibility, which is excellent in KCC-1 due to its open and flexible fibrous structure, that facilitates penetration and interaction with basic amine sites. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1192-1199
Number of pages8
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 3 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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