Original Paper

Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 141-153

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Recent Advances in Catalysis Over Mesoporous Molecular Sieves

  • Rosa M. Martín-ArandaAffiliated withDepartamento de Química Inorgánica y Química Técnica, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED Email author 
  • , Jiří ČejkaAffiliated withJ. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Email author 

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This overview covers the recent achievements in the application of mesoporous molecular sieves as catalysts and catalyst supports. Main structural and textural features are outlined in relation to the novel synthesis approaches of mesoporous molecular sieves and understanding of their properties. For application of mesoporous molecular sieves as catalysts different ways of introduction of active sites on their surfaces are provided. The main part describes selected catalytic reactions catalyzed by mesoporous molecular sieves focused on very recent papers. The examples include metathesis, acylation reactions, C–C coupling reactions of Heck and Suzuki types, base-catalyzed reactions (Knoevenagel and Michael additions, Claisen-Schmidt condensation, Tischenko reaction) and last but not least immobilization of organometallic complexes for different catalytic applications including chiral catalysts.


Mesoporous molecular sieves MCM-41 SBA-15 Mesoporous alumina Metathesis C–C coupling Base catalyzed reactions Acylation reactions Ionic liquids Immobilization