Highly Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Nitride Nanoparticles with High Nitrogen Content: A Metal-Free Basic Catalyst


  • This work was financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the Strategic Program for Building an Asian Science and Technology Community Scheme and World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative on Materials Nanoarchitectonics, MEXT (Japan).


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Nitrogen-rich carbon nitride is obtained as ultrasmall, discrete, mesoporous nanoparticles (see picture) by reaction of ethylenediamine with CCl4 in the nanochannels of a mesoporous silica template. Its high nitrogen content, large surface area, and large pore volume make it a highly active catalyst for transesterification of β-keto esters of aryl, aliphatic, and cyclic primary alcohols.