Catalysis Letters

, Volume 12, Issue 1–3, pp 187–192 | Cite as

Propene alkylation of biphenyl catalyzed by alumina pillared clays and related acidic oxides

  • Jean-Rémi Butruille
  • Thomas J. Pinnavaia


Propene alkylation of biphenyl was catalyzed by alumina pillared clays, and, for comparison, by several other oxide acids including an alumina delaminated clay, an acid washed clay (K-10 montmorillonite) and zeolites (USY and H-mordenite). Relationships between pore structures and catalytic properties were investigated. The microporous catalysts afforded high yields of meta- and para-alkylated isomers at the expense of the more spatially demanding ortho-alkylated isomer.


Acidity alkylation biphenyl pillared clay porosity shape selectivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Rémi Butruille
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Pinnavaia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Center for Fundamental Materials ResearchMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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