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Title: Metal-silicate catalysts: Single site, mesoporous systems without templates

The textural properties of a family of silicate and mixed metal-silicate materials prepared by a nonaqueous sol-gel reaction involving the cubic silicate Si8O20(SnMe3)8 and metal chlorides MCl4 (M = Si, Ti, Zr) cross-linking reagents are described. Nitrogen adsorption isotherm data is presented and surface area and pore size distribution analyses for several examples of these materials are developed and correlated with the ratio of cross-linking reagent and the cubic silicate building block at the time of synthesis. Significant surface area and pore size distributions that shift to higher pore diameters are observed as the ratio of cross-linking reagent-to-cubic building block increases. A simple strategy for simultaneously controlling the porosity of these matrices while homogeneously dispersing identical metal centers on their surfaces for next generation catalysts is described.
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Journal Name: Science Letters Journal; Journal Volume: 4; Related Information: C3Bio partners with Purdue University (lead); Argonne National Laboratory; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Northeastern University; University of Tennessee
Research Org:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)
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USDOE SC Office of Basic Energy Sciences (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)