Acidic amorphous silica prepared from iron oxide of bacterial origin

Hideki Hashimoto, Atsushi Itadani, Takayuki Kudoh, Yasushige Kuroda, Masaharu Seno, Yoshihiro Kusano, Yasunori Ikeda, Makoto Nakanishi, Tatsuo Fujii, Jun Takada

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Microporous and mesoporous silica derived from biogenous iron oxide is an attractive catalyst for various organic reactions. Biogenous iron oxide contains structural silicon, and amorphous silica remains after iron oxide is dissolved in concentrated hydrochloric acid. The amorphous silica containing slight amounts of iron (Si/Fe = ∼150) is composed of ∼6-nm-diameter granular particles. The amorphous silica has a large surface area of 540 m2/g with micropores (1.4 nm) and mesopores (<3 nm). By using pyridine vapor as a probe molecule to evaluate the active sites in the amorphous silica, it was found that this material has strong Brønsted and Lewis acid sites. When the catalytic performance of this material was evaluated for reactions including the ring opening of epoxides and Friedel-Crafts-type alkylations, which are known to be catalyzed by acid catalysts, this material showed yields higher than those obtained with common silica materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-523
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 2013


  • Brønsted acid
  • Lewis acid
  • acid catalysts
  • amorphous silica
  • biogenous iron oxide
  • iron-oxidizing bacteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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