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Pore Diameter Dependence Of Catalytic Activity: P-Nitrobenzaldehyde Conversion To An Aldol Product In Amine-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica, Andres Garcia, Igor I. Slowing, James W. Evans Jul 2018

Pore Diameter Dependence Of Catalytic Activity: P-Nitrobenzaldehyde Conversion To An Aldol Product In Amine-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica, Andres Garcia, Igor I. Slowing, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

The reaction yield for conversion of p-nitrobenzaldehyde (PNB) to an aldol product in amine-functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) exhibits a 20-fold enhancement for a modest increase in pore diameter, d. This enhanced catalytic activity is shown to reflect a strong increase in the “passing propensity,” 𝒫, of reactant and product species inside the pores. We find that 𝒫 ≈ 0, corresponding to single-file diffusion, applies for the smallest d which still significantly exceeds the linear dimensions of PNB and the aldol product. However, in this regime of narrow pores, these elongated species must align with each other and with the pore ...


Communication: Structure, Formation, And Equilibration Of Ensembles Of Ag-S Complexes On An Ag Surface, Selena M. Russell, Yousoo Kim, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2013

Communication: Structure, Formation, And Equilibration Of Ensembles Of Ag-S Complexes On An Ag Surface, Selena M. Russell, Yousoo Kim, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

We have utilized conditions of very low temperature (4.7 K) and very low sulfur coverage to isolate and identify Ag-S complexes that exist on the Ag(111) surface. The experimental conditions are such that the complexes form at temperatures above the temperature of observation. These complexes can be regarded as polymeric chains of varying length, with an Ag4S pyramid at the core of each monomeric unit. Steps may catalyze the formation of the chains and this mechanism may be reflected in the chain length distribution.