Background: The biopolymer-containing hybrid composite materials of silica have drawn
attention owing to their promising properties and biocompatibility with living matter. Silica component
in such hybrids is responsible for the properties like temperature and mechanical resistance, porosity,
while the biopolymer offers extra functionality and framework to the hybrid matrices. This
work is devoted to selective C-H bond oxidation and heterogeneous catalysis, which are important
from the viewpoint of green and sustainable chemistry.
Methods: A series of different metal acetylacetonates covalently anchored onto amine functionalized
silica/starch composite [ASS-M(acac)n] were developed via surface functionalization with 3-aminopropyl-
silica/starch composite, followed by schiff condensation of the surface -NH2 with M(acac)n
[Co(acac)2, Cu(acac)2, Pd(acac)2, Ru(acac)3, Mn(acac)3, Co(acac)3].
Results: The catalytic activity of the synthesized catalysts was examined for the C-H bond oxidation
of arylalkanes. Co(acac)2 supported onto amine functionalized silica/starch [ASS-Co(acac)2] was
found to be efficient catalyst for the C-H bond oxidation of arylalkanes with t-BuOOH in water. Various
alkyl benzenes including toluenes, ethylbenzene and alkylhydrocarbons were oxidized efficiently
to their corresponding products. The catalyst was characterized by various techniques such as FT-IR,
SEM, TEM, TGA and AAS analysis.
Conclusion: A series of different organic/inorganic composite catalysts have been synthesized by covalently
immobilizing metal acetylacetonate complexes over amine functionalized silica/starch composites.
Easy preparation/heterogeneous nature of catalyst, higher yields, aqueous medium and versatility
towards various substrates make this method a facile tool for desired oxidations.