oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Preparation of Mg-doped Ce-Zr solid catalysts and their catalytic potency for the synthesis of 5-arylidene-2,4-thiazolidinediones Knoevenagel condensation : research article

Volume 65, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



A series of Mg-doped Ce-Zr mixed oxides with different molar ratios were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method. The surface characterization of these materials were investigated by means of XRD, FT-IR, SEM-EDS, CO-TPD and BET techniques. The catalytic activity of the prepared materials was tested by synthesizing of 5-arylidene-2,4-thiazolidinedione derivatives a Knoevenagel condensation using aromatic aldehydes and 2,4-thiazolidinedione in ethanol:water medium. The best catalytic activity was obtained with CeMgZrO. The particle size or crystallite size was estimated using the Debye-Scherrer equation. Addition of MgO to the Ce-Zr mixed metal oxides affected both particle size and catalytic activity.

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