Mesoporous carbon as an efficient catalyst for alcoholysis and aminolysis of epoxides

Inês Matos, Paulo Duarte Neves, José Eduardo Castanheiro, Elena Perez-Mayoral, Rosa Martin-Aranda, Carlos Duran-Valle, Joaquim Vital, Ana M. Botelho Do Rego, Isabel M. Fonseca

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The ring opening reaction of epoxides by alcohols and amines using mesoporous activated carbon as efficient and environmentally friendly heterogeneous catalyst is reported. Carbon xerogels were synthesized by polymerization of resorcinol and formaldehyde. The surface of the activated carbon was oxidized in liquid phase with HNO 3 and then functionalized with H 2SO 4. Chemical and textural characterization by elemental analysis, pH PZC, TPD, BET and XPS indicates that oxidation in liquid phase is effective in the introduction of strong acid groups in the carbon surface. The functionalization with H 2SO 4 led to more acid functional groups, as expected. The activated carbons were tested in alcoholysis and aminolysis of epoxides, having been obtained excellent results of conversion and selectivity, both over 95%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2012


  • Alcoholysis of epoxides
  • Aminolysis of epoxides
  • Mesoporous carbon
  • Ring opening


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