Carbonyl-complexes in pillared clays

M. B. Logan, Russell Francis Howe, R. P. Cooney

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Mo(CO)6 is adsorbed between the layers of aluminium pillared montmorillonite clay. The chemistry of interaction with the clay resembles that with zeolite HY; the caxbonyl complex interacts with the structural hydroxyl groups of the clay, and can be decarbonylated partially and reversibly at 373 K and completely and irreversibly at 473 K. Complete decarbonylation is accompanied by oxidation of the molybdenum to the 5+ state. The method allows preparation of pillared clays containing about 1 wt.% transition metal. Similar chemistry occurs with Fe(CO)5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • zeolite
  • montmorillinite
  • catalysts
  • MO(CO)6


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