Catalysis Letters

, Volume 146, Issue 10, pp 2165–2172 | Cite as

Magnetic Silica Bonding Perfluoroalkylsulfonylimide as Reusable Brønsted Acid Catalysts for Cellobiose Hydrolysis

  • Meng Chen
  • Li You
  • Haijuan Zhang
  • Zhong-Hua Ma


New Brønsted solid acid, magnetic silica-supported perfluoroalkylsulfonylimide group was prepared. The as-synthesized functional siloxane oligomer was used to introduce perfluoroalkylsulfonylimide onto the magnetic core under the assist of TEOS, forming multi-layer core–shell structure, which was confirmed by TEM. The inner silica shell protected the acid-sensitive magnetic core from the corrosion of the strong acid; while the outer silica shell attached acid perfluoroalkylsulfonylimide groups. Good thermal stability (<229 °C) was expectable for the materials by TG analysis. The conclusive acid loadings of 0.61–0.69 mmol/g endowed the materials with efficient catalytic ability for the conversion of cellobiose to glucose (Glu), providing stable 85–91 % Glu yields throughout 3–4 cycles in water at 130 °C.

Graphical Abstract


Perfluoroualkylsulfonylimide Magnetic solid acid Cellobiose Hydrolysis 



We gratefully acknowledge the National Science Foundation of China (No. 21172083) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2662015PY060).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meng Chen
    • 1
  • Li You
    • 1
  • Haijuan Zhang
    • 1
  • Zhong-Hua Ma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, College of SciencesHuazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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