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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6208132, 12 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Activity of Pd(II) Salen-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica

Creative Chemistry and Innovation Research Unit, Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry (PERCH-CIC), Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham 44150, Thailand

Correspondence should be addressed to Uthai Sakee

Received 15 March 2017; Revised 24 April 2017; Accepted 14 May 2017; Published 3 July 2017

Academic Editor: Bartolo Gabriele

Copyright © 2017 Rotcharin Sawisai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Salen ligand synthesized from 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde was used as a palladium chelating ligand for the immobilization of the catalytic site. Mesoporous silica supported palladium catalysts were prepared by immobilizing Pd(OAc)2 onto a mesoporous silica gel through the coordination of the imine-functionalized mesoporous silica gel. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), inductivity couple plasma (ICP), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The solid catalysts showed higher activity for the hydroamination of C-(tetra-O-acetyl--D-galactopyranosyl)allene with aromatic amines compared with the corresponding homogenous catalyst. The heterogeneous catalytic system can be easily recovered by simple filtration and reused for up to five cycles with no significant loss of catalytic activity.