Direct Synthesis of Novel FeSBA-1 Cubic Mesoporous Catalyst and Its High Activity in the tert-Butylation of Phenol


  • This work was partially financed by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of the Japanese Government. The authors thank Dr. Uma and Dr. Andreas Pöppl for ESR analysis. Supporting Information is available online from WileyInterscience, or from the author.


original image

A novel method used to incorporate iron into the three-dimensional mesoporous cubic SBA-1 materials in highly acidic media is presented. The amount of iron present is controlled by simply adjusting the molar hydrochloric acid to silicon ratio. Moreover, the novel catalyst shows significantly higher phenol conversion and 4-tert- butylphenol selectivity in the tertiary butylation of phenol (see Figure).