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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Morihara K, Kurihara S, Suzuki J
Article Title: Footprint catalysis .1. A new method for designing tailor-made catalysts with substrate-specificity - silica (alumina) catalysts for butanolysis of benzoic anhydride.
Publication date: 1988
Journal: Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Volume: 61
Issue: (11)
Page numbers: 3991-3998.
DOI: 10.1246/bcsj.61.3991

Abstract: The design of tailor-made specific catalysts for a given organic reaction was investigated. Dibenzamide or N-benzoylbenzenesulfonamide, transition state analogs of benzoic anhydride on transacylation, was found to act as a template upon aluminium ion-doped silica gel and to imprint specific adsorption sites, "footprints," on the surface. The footprints were particular Lewis acid sites with a complementary structure to the template. They demonstrated an enzyme-like specific catalytic function on the butanolysis of benzoic anhydride through their specific affinities for substrate molecules in the transition state.

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