Methoxylation of alpha-pinene over mesoporous carbons and microporous carbons: A comparative study

Ines Matos, Marta F. Silva, Ramiro Ruiz-Rosas, Joaquim Silvério Marques Vital, Jose Rodriguez-Mirasol, T. Cordero, Jose E. Castanheiro, Isabel Maria de Figueiredo Ligeiro da Fonseca

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A biomass derived carbon, a commercial microporous carbon and a xerogel mesoporous carbon catalysts were used in the study of alpha-pinene methoxilation reaction and the influence of textural and physical-chemical properties of the carbons was evaluated. Biomass carbon presented the higher activity, whereas the commercial one is the less active in the conditions studied. The main product of the reaction was alpha-terpinyl methyl ether and good values of selectivity were obtained over all the catalysts. A kinetic model was developed assuming that the alpha-pinene is consumed according to the parallel reaction network. The kinetic model presents high quality fittings to the experimental concentration profiles. These results show that it is possible to activate a waste residue using H3PO4 and convert it to high added value product such as acid catalyst.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2014


  • Acid catalyst
  • Activated carbon
  • Biomass carbon
  • Pinene methoxylation


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