The catalytic performance of mesoporous materials with a MCM-41 structure in the reaction of α-pinene oxidation
with H2O2 was investigated by a comparative study of Ti-MCM-41and V-MCM-41 catalysts. These materials were
prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, from theoretical molar ratios silicon / metal (Si/M) = 20, 60 and 240 in the initial
synthesis gel. The results of the catalytic evaluation showed that for a similar molar content of metal in the materials
(0.023 mole of metal/100 g of catalyst), Ti-MCM-41 presented the best TON values. Moreover, V-MCM-41 showed a
lower efficiency of H2O2 than Ti-MCM-41, which can be attributed to the presence of clusters species (V-O-V)n and nanooxides
VxOy which accelerate the decomposition reaction of peroxide to water. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that the
polymerization degree of the surface vanadium species and the appearance of VxOy crystallites have a significant effect on
the selectivity to the products obtained.
Keywords: Mesoporous materials, -pinene, Oxidation, Ti-MCM-41, V-MCM-41.
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