Mesoporous Phosphate Heterostructures: Synthesis and Application on Adsorption and Catalysis

  • Ramón Moreno-Tost
  • José Jiménez-Jiménez
  • Antonia Infantes-Molina
  • Celio L. CavalcanteJr
  • Diana C.S. Azevedo
  • María Dolores Soriano
  • José Manuel López Nieto
  • Antonio Jiménez-López
  • Enrique Rodríguez-Castellón


Porous phosphate heterostructures (PPHs) are solids formed by a layered metal(IV) phosphate expanded with silica galleries obtained by combining the two main strategies for obtaining mesoporous materials [pillared layered structures (PLS’) and MCM-41]. The different synthetic pathways for obtaining mesoporous phosphate structures with silica galleries with Zr- or Ti-doped silica, the study of their structural, textural and acid properties, its functionalisation with different organic substances such as propionitrile, 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane, (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane, vinyltrimethoxysilane, phenyltriethoxysilane and 3-(triethoxysilyl)propionitrile are discussed. The preparation of metal-supported catalysts and their application in gas separation, adsorption and catalysis are reviewed. Specifically, the use of Cu- and Fe-exchanged PPH for the adsorption of benzothiophene and the separation of propane/propene is the main application as adsorbent. The hydrotreating of aromatic hydrocarbons using ruthenium-impregnated catalysts via hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis/hydrocracking for the production of clean diesel fuels, the selective catalytic reduction of NO from stationary and mobile sources by using Cu–PPH with 1, 3 and 7 wt% of Cu and the selective oxidation of hydrogen sulphide to sulphur with vanadium-containing PPH are the three catalytic reactions of environmental interest studied.


Phosphates Heterostructures Adsorption Catalysis Pillared Mesoporous 



The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from CICYT, Spain (NAN20004-09267-C01 and NAN2004-09267-C03-02). MDS thanks a fellowship from the Universidad Politécnica of Valencia. D.C.S. RMT would like to thank the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain) for the financial support under the Program Ramón y Cajal (RYC-2008-03387). Azevedo thanks CAPES, Brazil, for sponsoring a grant (1145/08-8) for visiting professor at UMA, Spain. AIM would like to thank the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain) for the financial support under the Program Juan de la Cierva (JCI-2009-05821).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramón Moreno-Tost
    • 1
  • José Jiménez-Jiménez
    • 1
  • Antonia Infantes-Molina
    • 2
  • Celio L. CavalcanteJr
    • 3
  • Diana C.S. Azevedo
    • 3
  • María Dolores Soriano
    • 4
  • José Manuel López Nieto
    • 4
  • Antonio Jiménez-López
    • 1
  • Enrique Rodríguez-Castellón
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Cristalografía y Mineralogía, Unidad Asociada al Instituto de Catálisis (CSIC), Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Catálisis y PetroleoquímicaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientáficasMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Engenharia QuímicaUniversidade Federal do Ceará, Grupo de Pesquisa em Separações por Adsorção (GPSA)FortalezaBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto de Tecnología Química, UPV-CSICValenciaSpain
  5. 5.Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Cristalografía y Mineralogía, Unidad Asociada al Instituto de Catálisis (CSIC)Universidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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