Catalysis Letters

, Volume 125, Issue 3–4, pp 359–370

Mesoporous Silica–Zirconia Systems for Catalytic Applications



In this study synthesis and characterization of solid acid catalysts with definite textural properties (high surface area, narrow pore size dimension, ordered structure) are described. In particular sulphated zirconia (SZ) has been introduced on three ordered mesoporous silica, MCM-41, MCM-48 and SBA-15, in order to study the influence of silica supports on textural and chemical–physical properties of final catalysts. The correlation between the catalytic behavior of SZ supported samples and their textural and chemical physical properties was studied in the liquid-phase acylation of anisole with benzoic anhydride.


Mesoporous materials Solid acid catalysts Texture Acylation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Ghedini
    • 1
  • M. Signoretto
    • 1
  • F. Pinna
    • 1
  • G. Cruciani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Venice, Consortium INSTM, Research Unit of Venice UniversityVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Earth Science DepartmentUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly

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