Soft chemistry routes to oxide catalysts

K. R. Poeppelmeier*, D. C. Tomczak

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science Forum
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the International Symposium on Soft Chemistry Routes to New Materials - Nantes, Fr
Duration: Sep 6 1993Sep 10 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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