Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 55, Issue 7–10, pp 580–586 | Cite as

Silica-Supported Amine Catalysts for Carbon–Carbon Addition Reactions

  • Ernesto Silva M
  • Srikanth Chakravartula S
  • Steven S. C. Chuang
Original Paper


Basic catalysts for carbon–carbon addition reactions were synthesized by immobilization of amine species on silica supports. Tetraethylenepentamine was impregnated and immobilized on amorphous silica (SiO2) and SBA-15 using an epoxy resin. The basicity of the catalysts was determined by adsorption–desorption of CO2 and the degree of immobilization was evaluated by FTIR. The catalytic activity towards the Claisen condensation reaction of methyl benzoate and methyl ethyl ketone was evaluated by an in-situ FTIR micro-scale reactor. A mechanism is proposed to show that the catalysts promote the formation of β-diketone and methanol; the effects of the support and amine immobilization degree are discussed.


Basic catalyst Claisen condensation Immobilization FTIR 



This work was supported by the FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernesto Silva M
    • 1
  • Srikanth Chakravartula S
    • 1
  • Steven S. C. Chuang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Polymer ScienceFirst Energy Advanced Energy Research Center, The University of AkronAkronUSA

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