GeBu4 reacts at 250°C with the external silanols of two different mordenites (Si/Al = 11 or 40) to give the surface organometallic complex SiOGeBu3 1 which has been characterized by 13C CP-MAS NMR; 1 is able to discriminate sterically different alkanes such as n-hexane, 2-methyl-pentane, 2,3-dimethyl butane, 2,2,4-trimethyl pentane. Such discrimination is parallel to that already observed for SiOSnBu3 grafted on the same mordenites. Interestingly and in contrast to the behaviour of the grafted tin complex, 1 even after treatment at 400°C is still able to separate n-hexane from isooctane, a property ascribed to a steric molecular control of the Ge(Bu)3 fragment which has an exceptional thermal stability.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of molecular catalysis|
|State||Published - Sep 13 1994|
- Pore opening
- Surface chemistry
- Tributylgermanium fragments
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