On the reactivity of surface methoxy species in acidic zeolites

Yijiao Jiang, Michael Hunger, Wei Wang*

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Abstract

The in situ preparation and isolation of surface methoxy species on acidic zeolites are followed by further investigations of their reactivity in heterogeneously catalyzed reactions. For the first time, the following solid-state NMR evidence for the high reactivity of surface methoxy species has been obtained: (i) Surface methoxy species react readily with ammonia on acidic zeolites at room temperature, by which methylamines and methylammonium cations are formed. (ii) The transformation of surface methoxy species to other alkoxy species can be achieved by the reaction of surface methoxy species and corresponding alkyl halides on acidic zeolites. (iii) Surface methoxy species react readily with hydrochloride, giving methyl chloride as the sole product. (iv) The classic Koch carbonylation reaction and Ritter reaction in solution can be performed with surface methoxy species on acidic zeolites. (v) Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are produced by the oxidation of surface methoxy species in the presence of oxygen. The stability and reactivity of surface methoxy species are discussed in comparison with other surface alkoxy species (> C1 species).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11679-11692
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume128
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

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