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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 5 (2008), Issue 3, Pages 467-472

Green Synthesis of Benzylated Aromatics Using Iron Loaded Mesoporous Materials

Muthuraj Esther Leena Preethi, Shanmugam Revathi, and Thiripuranthagan Sivakumar

Catalysis Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, A. C. College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai - 600 025, India

Received 30 October 2007; Accepted 20 December 2007

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Syntheses of benzylated aromatics like diphenylmethane and its derivatives by the condensation of benzene or toluene or o-xylene with benzylchloride or 4-methylbenzylchloride in the presence of a catalytic amount of various iron loaded mesoporous solid acid catalysts such as Fe/Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=25), Fe/Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=50) and Fe/Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=100) are reported.