Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous Ta-W oxides as strong solid acid catalysts

Caio Tagusagawa, Atsushi Takagaki, Ai Iguchi, Kazuhiro Takanabe, Junko N. Kondo, Kohki Ebitani, Takashi Tatsumi, Kazunari Domen*

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Several mesoporous TaxW10-x mixed oxides prepared from TaCl5 and WCl6 in the presence of poly block copolymer surfactant Pluronic P-123 were examined as potential solid acid catalysts. Amorphous wormhole-type mesopores were observed in samples with x values from 3 to 10, whereas W-rich samples (x = 0-2) formed nonmesoporous structures with crystallized tungsten oxide (WO3). The acid strength increased with addition of W for mesoporous TaxW10-x oxides, and mesoporous Ta3W7 oxide exhibited the highest acid catalytic activity for the Friedel-Crafts alkylation of anisole and the hydrolysis of disaccharides. The results are compared with those of nonporous Ta2O5-WO3, HTaWO6 nanosheets, which were a solid acid obtained by exfoliation and aggregation of layered HTaWO 6 with strong Brønsted acid sites in the interlayer, and a range of conventional solid acid catalysts. Mesoporous Ta-W oxides exhibited a turnover rate higher than that of nonporous Ta2O5-WO 3 and HTaWO6 nanosheets, indicating that the mesoporous structure is an advantageous environment for the strong acid sites, because of the high surface area and easy reactant accessibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3072-3078
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 25 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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