Highly basic CaO nanoparticles in mesoporous carbon materials and their excellent catalytic activity

Pradeep Kumar Raja, Anand Chokkalingam, Subramaniam V. Priya, Veerappan V. Balasubramanian, Mercy R. Benziger, Salem S. Aldeyab, Ramasamy Jayavel, Katsukiho Ariga, Ajayan Vinu

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Highly basic CaO nanoparticles immobilized mesoporous carbon materials (CaO-CMK-3) with different pore diameters have been successfully prepared by using wet-impregnation method. The prepared materials were subjected to extensive characterization studies using sophisticated techniques such as XRD, nitrogen adsorption, HRSEM-EDX, HRTEM and temperature programmed desorption of CO 2 (TPD of CO 2). The physico-chemical characterization results revealed that these materials possess highly dispersed CaO nanoparticles, excellent nanopores with well-ordered structure, high specific surface area, large specific pore volume, pore diameter and very high basicity. We have also demonstrated that the basicity of the CaO-CMK-3 samples can be controlled by simply varying the amount of CaO loading and pore diameter of the carbon support. The basic catalytic performance of the samples was investigated in the base-catalyzed transesterification of ethylacetoacetate by aryl, aliphatic and cyclic primary alcohols. CMK-3 catalyst with higher CaO loading and larger pore diameter was found to be highly active with higher conversion within a very short reaction time. The activity of 30% CaO-CMK3-150 catalyst for transesterification of ethylacetoacetate using different alcohols increases in the following order: octanol < butanol < cyclohexanol < benzyl alcohol < furfuryl alcohol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4613-4620
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2012


  • Basicity
  • Carbon
  • Nanoparticles
  • Transesterification


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