本网讯 近日，石化新材料与资源精细利用国家地方联合工程实验室副主任苏胜培教授指导博士生罗琼林在国际期刊RSC Advances发表了题为“A novel green process for tannic acid hydrolysis using an internally sulfonated hollow polystyrene sphere as catalyst”最新研究成果。
A polystyrene-hollow sphere catalyst was prepared by treating polystyrene-encapsulated calcium carbonate particles with concentrated hydrochloric acid. This catalyst was characterized using TGA, FT-IR, optical microscope, SEM-EDX and XPS. Evidences from SEM-EDX and XPS analyses indicated that the sulfonate groups were on the inner surface of the polystyrene hollow sphere. The polystyrene hollow spheres were used as catalyst in the hydrolysis of tannic acid. Reaction conditions including the reaction temperature and time, loading of catalyst, ratio of tannic acid to H2O and number of recycles were optimized. A high yield of gallic acid was obtained as the reaction performed under the following conditions: a temperature of 80 °C, a molar ratio of tannic acid to H2O of 1?:?3, and a catalyst loading of 7% w/w (based on the mass of tannic acid). This catalyst showed excellent catalytic performance, easy separation, high stability and good reusability. This work provides a new strategy for the controllable synthesis of polystyrene hollow structures with sulfonic groups on the inner surface and an excellent and prospective catalyst for the production of gallic acid through hydrolysis of tannic acid.