Catalysis Letters

, Volume 148, Issue 5, pp 1407–1415 | Cite as

Aluminium Oxide Supported on SBA-15 Molecular Sieves as Potential Lewis Acid Catalysts for Epoxide Ring Opening Using Aniline

  • Rekha Yadav
  • Akhila Muralidhar
  • A. Shamna
  • P. Aghila
  • Lakshmiprasad Gurrala
  • Ayyamperumal Sakthivel


A series of aluminium oxide (Al2O3)-supported SBA-15 molecular sieves were prepared using a one-step wet-impregnation method. Powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, infrared spectroscopy and ammonia TPD were used to investigate the structures and chemical natures of the surface-bound species. The FT-IR studies of metal-impregnated SBA-15 materials revealed strong covalent interaction of Al2O3 on SBA-15 materials with strong Lewis acidic properties, evident from ammonia-TPD studies. The metal oxide-supported SBA-15 catalysts are active for epoxide ring opening with aniline at room temperature, and showed remarkably high stability and selectivity towards mono-alkylated products (about 86%) viz., 1-(phenylamino)propan-2-ol and 2-(phenylamino)propan-1-ol. The catalytic activities remained intact after several recycles. The observed activities and selectivities were compared with other metal oxide-loaded SBA-15 catalysts obtained by similar preparation methods.

Graphical Abstract

Aluminium oxide supported SBA-15 molecular sieves were prepared using a one-step wet-impregnation method. The materials showed strong Lewis acidic sites and promising catalytic activity for epoxide ring opening with aniline at room temperature.


Epoxide ring opening Kinetics β-Amino alcohol Al2O3-SBA-15 Molecular sieves 



Authors thanks DST-SERB (EMR-001214) and Central University of Kerala, India is acknowledged for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rekha Yadav
    • 1
  • Akhila Muralidhar
    • 2
  • A. Shamna
    • 2
  • P. Aghila
    • 2
  • Lakshmiprasad Gurrala
    • 3
  • Ayyamperumal Sakthivel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Materials & Catalysis LaboratoryUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, School of Physical SciencesCentral University of KeralaKasaragodIndia
  3. 3.Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry DivisionCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL)PuneIndia

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