Journal of Porous Materials

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 705–711 | Cite as

Preparation and characterization of mesostructured Zr-SBA-16: efficient Lewis acidic catalyst for Hantzsch reaction

  • Rajamanickam Maheswari
  • Vinju Vasudevan Srinivasan
  • Anand Ramanathan
  • Muthusamy P. Pachamuthu
  • Rajamanickam Rajalakshmi
  • Gaffar Imran


Mesostructured Zr-SBA-16 (3D cubic arrangement, Im3m space group) with different Si/Zr ratio was successfully synthesized by using Pluronic F127 triblock copolymer and n-butanol as a structure directing agent. Successful incorporation of Zr4+ ions was achieved without any pH adjustments up to ~6.5 wt% of Zr loading. Different analytical techniques such as SAXS, N2-physisortion and HR-TEM were used to ascertain the structure of Zr-SBA-16 samples whereas, diffuse reflectance UV–Vis, pyridine adsorbed FTIR and NH3 desorbed TPD methods were assessed to understand the nature of Zr incorporation. The Lewis acidity of Zr-SBA-16 was explored in the synthesis of Hantzsch 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives via condensation of substituted benzaldehyde, ethyl acetoacetate and ammonium acetate.


Amorphous materials Zr-SBA-16 Lewis acid Hantzsch reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajamanickam Maheswari
    • 1
  • Vinju Vasudevan Srinivasan
    • 1
  • Anand Ramanathan
    • 2
  • Muthusamy P. Pachamuthu
    • 1
  • Rajamanickam Rajalakshmi
    • 1
  • Gaffar Imran
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAnna UniversityChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Center for Environmentally Beneficial CatalysisThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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