Benzylation of aromatic compounds with different crystallites of MgO.

@article{Choudary2003BenzylationOA,
  title={Benzylation of aromatic compounds with different crystallites of MgO.},
  author={Boyapati Manoranjan Choudary and Ravichandra S Mulukutla and Kenneth J. Klabunde},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  year={2003},
  volume={125 8},
  pages={2020-1}
}
Magnesium oxide nanocrystals are shown to be selective catalysts for the benzylation of aromatics with benzyl chloride, in the order xylene > toluene >> benzene. Normal polycrystalline MgO is not as effective as the nanomaterials. However, at the highest surface area, normally most reactive MgO samples (aerogel prepared AP-MgO) were poorer catalysts than a… CONTINUE READING