Versatile Sulfathiazole-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles as Catalyst in Oxidation and Alkylation Reactions
Balu, Alina M.
Benzyl alcohol oxidation
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Catalyst design and surface modifications of magnetic nanoparticles have become attractive strategies in order to optimize catalyzed organic reactions for industrial applications. In this work, silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles with a core-shell type structure were prepared. The obtained material was successfully functionalized with sulfathiazole groups, which can enhance its catalytic features. The material was fully characterized, using a multi-technique approach. The catalytic performance of the as-synthesized material was evaluated in (1) the oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde and (2) the microwave-assisted alkylation of toluene with benzyl chloride. Remarkable conversion and selectivity were obtained for both reactions and a clear improvement of the catalytic properties was observed in comparison with unmodified γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 and γ-Fe2O3. Noticeably, the catalyst displayed outstanding magnetic characteristics which facilitated its recovery and reusability.