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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 25, Number 12
BKCSDE 25(12)
December 20, 2004 

Fourier Transform Raman Studies of Methyl Red Adsorbed on γ-Alumina and Silica-Alumina
Sun-Kyung Park, Choongkeun Lee, Kyung-Chul Min, Nam-Soo Lee*
Raman, Methyl red, Calcination, γ-Alumina, Silica-alumina
Fourier transform Raman spectra of methyl red adsorbed on untreated and pretreated γ-alumina and silicaalumina calcined at 900 oC under 1 atm steam flowing were recorded. Spectral analysis shows that the active species adsorbed on γ-alumina was to be deprotonated methyl red, and on silica-alumina to be di-protonated. This indicates that γ-alumina adapted in this work holds Bronsted basicity, and silica-alumina Bronsted acidity. Raman intensities of methyl red on pretreated γ-alumina are about three times stronger than on untreated γ-alumina, while spectral features are unchanged. For silica-alumina, spectral features show modified vibrational characteristics upon surface hydroxylations generated from pretreatment. Consequently, the acidity loss for silica-alumina and the basicity gain for γ-alumina were observed by increasing the surface hydroxyl groups on the catalysts through pretreatment of the steam calcination.
1817 - 1821
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