Soft chemistry routes to oxide catalysts

Kenneth R Poeppelmeier, D. C. Tomczak

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The difference in reactivity of solid α-LiAlO2 versus γ-LiAlO2, the former when in contact with molten benzoic acid will exchange Li+ for H+ and the latter will not, demonstrates that the Li+ cation in α-LiAlO2 is less acidic yielding the oxide more basic. Similarly when the surfaces of α-LiAlO2 and γ-LiAlO2 are contacted with the organic molecule isopropyl alcohol at similar temperature and conversion, the selectivity to base-catalyzed aldol condensation products are greatest with α-LiAlO2. Both examples demonstrate that the surface basicity depends on the environment of the O2- anion and the cation(s) to which it is bound.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Science Forum
PublisherTrans Tech Publ
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the International Symposium on Soft Chemistry Routes to New Materials - Nantes, Fr
Duration: Sep 6 1993Sep 10 1993


OtherProceedings of the International Symposium on Soft Chemistry Routes to New Materials
CityNantes, Fr

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  • Materials Science(all)

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    Poeppelmeier, K. R., & Tomczak, D. C. (1994). Soft chemistry routes to oxide catalysts. In Materials Science Forum (Vol. 152-5, pp. 163-168). Trans Tech Publ.