Clean Chlorination of Silica Surfaces by a Single-site Substitution Approach

Niladri Maity, Samir Barman, Edy Abou-Hamad, Valerio D’Elia, Jean-Marie Basset

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A chlorination method for the selective substitution of well-defined isolated silanol groups of the silica surface has been developed using the catalytic Appel reaction. Spectroscopic analysis, complemented by elemental microanalysis studies, reveals that a quantitative chlorination could be achieved with highly dehydroxylated silica materials that exclusively possess non-hydrogen bonded silanol groups. The employed method did not leave any carbon or phosphorous residue on the silica surface and can be regarded as a promising tool for the future functionalization of metal oxide surfaces.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4301-4306
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2018

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. V.D.E. thanks the Thailand Research Fund (Grant No. RSA6080059) for supporting this research.


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