Author(s): Shan C, Qian G
A new carbonaceous catalyst with sulfonic acid group (-SO3H) was prepared by incomplete carbonization of β-cyclodextrin followed by sulfonation. The sulfonated amorphous carbon was characterized by IR, elemental analysis, DSC-TGA and PXRD, and the catalytic activity was investigated to be an efficient catalyst for the esterification reactions with maximum yield of 87%. The sulfonated carbonaceous catalyst was readily separated from the reaction solution and keeps approximately equal catalytic activity. The results confirm that the active centre is the hydrophilic sulfonic acid functional group in the esterification reactions.