Catalysis Letters

, Volume 134, Issue 1–2, pp 110–117 | Cite as

Total Oxidation of Naphthalene Using Mesoporous CeO2 Catalysts Synthesized by Nanocasting from Two Dimensional SBA-15 and Three Dimensional KIT-6 and MCM-48 Silica Templates

  • Asunción Aranda
  • Begoña Puértolas
  • Benjamín Solsona
  • Said Agouram
  • Ramón Murillo
  • Ana María Mastral
  • Stuart H. Taylor
  • Tomas GarciaEmail author


Ceria catalysts have been prepared by a nanocasting procedure using SBA-15, MCM-48 and KIT-6 silica-based templates, and investigated for the total oxidation of naphthalene. In all cases cubic fluorite CeO2 was prepared, and the structure of the template was replicated when SBA-15 and MCM-48 were used. The KIT-6 template was not replicated by the nanocasting synthesis, but in all cases mesoporous CeO2 was obtained with high surface areas (91–190 m2 g−1). All of the catalysts demonstrated high activity for naphthalene oxidation to CO2, and the most active was the catalyst prepared from the KIT-6 template. The high activity was attributed to the small crystallite size of the CeO2, combined with high surface area and the highly accessible catalyst surface.


Catalytic oxidation Nanocasting Silica templates Ceria Naphthalene 



Authors wish to thank the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain) and to the Generalitat Valenciana through projects CTQ2006-02386 and GVPRE2008/352 for funding. S.A. wishes to thank the “Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia” and the “Fondo Social Europeo” for its financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asunción Aranda
    • 1
  • Begoña Puértolas
    • 1
  • Benjamín Solsona
    • 2
  • Said Agouram
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ramón Murillo
    • 1
  • Ana María Mastral
    • 1
  • Stuart H. Taylor
    • 5
  • Tomas Garcia
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC)ZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Departament d’Enginyeria QuímicaUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Applied Physics and ElectromagnetismUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain
  4. 4.SCSIEUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain
  5. 5.Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of ChemistryCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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