Structure, preparation and photocatalytic activity of titanium oxides on MCM-41 surface

Xuxu Wang, Wenhao Lian, Xianzhi Fu*, Jean-Marie Maurice Basset, Frédéric Lefebvre

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The grafting reaction of tetraneopentyl titanium on the surface of MCM-41 mesoporous molecular sieves dehydroxylated preliminary at 500°C leads to formation of the well-defined bigrafted surface complex (SiO) 2Ti(CH2CMe3)2. On reaction with water or alcohol, the neopentyl ligands can be replaced selectively by alcoxy or hydroxy. On calcination at 500°C, a well-dispersed titanium oxide supported on MCM-41 is obtained. In situ FTIR, DRS, and XAFS characterizations suggest that titanium is present as isolated tetrahedral species on the surface of MCM-41. This solid was used for the photocatalytic oxidation of ethylene in oxygen under UV irradiation, and its activity was compared to that of Ti-MCM-41 prepared by direct hydrothermal synthesis. The higher activity of the samples prepared by reaction with the organometallic complex is attributed to the good dispersion of titanium on the surface of MCM-41.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2006


  • MCM-41 molecular sieves
  • Photocatalysis
  • Tetraneopentyl titanium
  • Titanium oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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