The interlayer Cl− anions in a synthetic hydrotalcite-like material, Mg6Al2(OH)16Cl2.4H2O, were found to react with organic bromides in a non-polar solvent of toluene, almost all chloride ions in the interlayer space appearing in the liquid phase as the corresponding organic chlorides. The hydrotalcite-like material was found to catalyze organic reactions in which the interlayer Cl− anions play the role of catalyst. Thus, the material catalyzed the halide-exchange reactions between alkyl halides in toluene and the disproportionation of trimethoxysilane to give silane and tetramethoxysilane.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry