Catalysis Surveys from Asia

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Active sites of silica-based quantum photocatalysts for non-oxidative reactions

  • Hisao Yoshida

Various photocatalytic reactions have been developed in recent years. Among them, non-oxidative reactions by silica-based quantum photocatalysts are quite unique. Pure silica materials, especially mesoporous silica evacuated at high temperature, were found to promote olefin metathesis upon photoirradiation at room temperature. A kind of surface defect on silica was generated through dehydroxylation at high temperature before the photoreaction, which can be photoexcited to form the first surface intermediate. On the other hand, non-oxidative direct methane coupling was revealed to proceed on silica materials and silica-based quantum photocatalysts. Also in these cases, evacuation at high temperature was required for the activation of catalyst before the reaction. The active sites and feature of silica-based quantum photocatalysts for these non-oxidative reaction systems are summarized and discussed.


photocatalysis quantum photocatalyst mesoporous silica silica-based photocatalyst metathesis direct methane coupling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hisao Yoshida
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Environmental ResearchEcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya UniversityChikusa-kuJapan

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