Journal of Porous Materials

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 633–640 | Cite as

Hydroxylation of phenol over rare earth exchanged iron pillared montmorillonites

  • Manju Kurian
  • Mathew Joy
  • Deepthi Raj


Iron pillared montmorillonite prepared by partial hydrolysis method was exchanged with La, Ce and Th metal salts. The pillared montmorillonite showed considerable increase in basal spacing and surface area. EDAX showed presence of about 2% rare earth metals. 27Al and 29Si NMR spectra showed relaxation effects due to iron paramagnetic centres. The prepared systems are excellent catalysts for hydroxylation of phenol underlining the use of environmentally friendly clay catalysts for effective removal of pollutants. A detailed study of reaction variables suggests that oxidation of phenol increases with temperature and maximum conversion is obtained at 80 °C. Hydroquinone selectivity increases with phenol and solvent concentrations but decreases with time.


Iron pillared montmorillonite Rare earth metal exchange Catalysis Wet peroxide oxidation Phenol Solvent water 



Financial assistance from UGC, New Delhi is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mahatma Gandhi University Regional Research Centre in Chemistry, Mar Athanasius CollegeKothamangalamIndia

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