Mild calcination in ozone of a (POSS)-Sn-(POSS) complex grafted on silica generated a heterogenized catalyst that mostly retained the tetrahedral coordination of its homogeneous precursor, as evidenced by spectroscopic characterizations using EXAFS, NMR, UV-vis, and DRIFT. The Sn centers are accessible and uniform and can be quantified by stoichiometric pyridine poisoning. This Sn-catalyst is active in hydride transfer reactions as a typical solid Lewis acid. However, the Sn centers can also create Brønsted acidity with alcohol by binding the alcohol strongly as alkoxide and transferring the hydroxyl H to the neighboring Sn-O-Si bond. The resulting acidic silanol is active in epoxide ring opening and acetalization reactions.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry