Superbasic sodium stannate as catalyst for dehydrogenation, Michael addition and transesterification reactions

Shu Guo Zhang, Yu Dan Wei, Shuang Feng Yin*, Sheng Lian Luo, Chak Tong AU

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It has been shown that sodium stannate with superbasic sites generated on its surface can be obtained through simple thermal treatment of sodium stannate hydrate in pure N2. In this study, we analyzed the as-prepared materials using powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and N2 physisorption methods. The superbasic sites were characterized by techniques of Hammett indicators and temperature-programmed desorption using CO2 as adsorbate. It was shown that after undergoing calcination at 623 K, there are ample superbasic sites on sodium stannate: up to 0.254 mmol/g. The superbasicity of the materials was further confirmed by employing the 1-hexene as well as cyclohexa-1,4-diene double bond isomerization reactions. The superbasicity is attributed to the higher electron-donating ability of surface O2-. The sodium stannate samples showed excellent catalytic efficiency towards selected reactions, namely the dehydrogenation of propa-2-nol, Michael addition of electron-deficient olefins, and transesterification of cyclic carbonate with methanol. It was observed that with rise of heat-treatment temperature from 573 to 623 K, both superbasicity and catalytic activity increased, reaching a maximum at 623 K, and then declined. It is deduced that catalytic efficiency is closely related to superbasicity of the sodium stannate catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dehydrogenation
  • Double bond isomerization
  • Michael addition
  • Superbase sodium stannate
  • Transesterification


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