Efficient bifunctional nanocatalysts by simple postgrafting of spatially isolated catalytic groups on mesoporous materials

Krishna K. Sharma, Tewodros Asefa

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Hard graft pays off for Henry: An efficient acid-base bifunctional mesoporous catalyst was prepared by one-step post-synthesis grafting of aminoorganoalkoxysilane groups on mesoporous silica (see picture). The catalyst led to yields of over 99 % in the Henry reaction (nitroaldol condensation) of p-hydroxybenzaldehyde and nitromethane to form nitrostyrene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2879-2882
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2007



  • Bifunctional catalysts
  • Henry reaction
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Mesoporous materials
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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