• TS-1 Molecular Sieve
    Sep 18, 2018 | ACS MATERIAL LLC

    Medium-pore TS-1 is a highly versatile zeolite with MFI structure that has been applied as an efficient catalyst in diverse industrial applications. TS-1 demonstrates unique catalytic performance in oxidation reactions involving H2O2 as an oxidant. TS-1 catalyst is highly effective in the selective oxidation of various organic substrates with hydrogen peroxide, including hydroxylation of aromatics, epoxidation of alkenes, ammoximation of ketones, oxidation of alkanes and alcohols, etc.  


    As an environmentally benign catalyst, the successful synthesis of titanium silicalite molecular sieve (TS-1) has been considered to be a milestone in zeolite catalysis as of the 1980sbecause of its unique catalytic performance in oxidation reaction involving H2O2 as an oxidant.1 TS-1 zeolite has the same skeletal structure (MFI) as ZSM-5. It possesses bi-directional 10-membered ring pore systems with the pore size along (100) as 5.1×5.5 Å and 5.3×5.6 Å along (010) (Figure 1).2 Ti species in TS-1 exist in three different forms, with only the tetrahedral Ti species in the framework being able to express high selectivity while the octahedral Ti species and anatase-TiO2 crystals reduce the utilization of hydrogen peroxide3

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          Figure 1. Topology of MFI skeletal structure


    Conventional hydrothermal synthesis procedure for the preparation of TS-1 is as follows4: tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and tetrabutylorthotitanate (TBOT) are first hydrolyzed in an aqueous solution of tetrapropylammonium hydroxide (TPAOH). After removal of the alcohols by evaporation at 343-353 K, a clear gel solution with a molar composition of SiO2/TiO2/TPAOH/H2O=1:0.025:0.15:15 is obtained. The gel is then precrystallized at 443 K for 12 hours. This product, incompletely crystallized but presumably containing at least the primary and secondary building units of the MFI structure, is collected by centrifugation and rinsed several times with distilled water. The white cake is then dispersed in water to obtain a white colloidal solution that is used for crystallization. Fully crystallized TS-1 samples for control experiments are obtained by prolonging the crystallization time to 3 days at 443 K. The calcination of the solid product is performed in air at 823 K for 8 hours.

     Many different protocols have been developed for the synthesis of TS-1.5 These include different Si and Ti sources, organic structure directing agents (SDA), and mineralizing agents (see Figure 2).From the large number of preparations described in literature, it is possible to find TS-1 materials with different crystal size, morphology, hydrophobic-hydrophilic properties, and titanium distributions along the crystals.7 Two types of TS-1 materials of varying particle sizes ( 0.3-0.5 µm and 20-50 µm) are available for purchase on our ACS Material online store (Figure 3).

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    Figure 2. Large number of sources used for TS-1 preparation. Reproduced from ref. 5

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    Figure 3. SEM images of ACS Material TS-1 molecular sieves available for purchase.



    TS-1 catalyst is highly effective in the selective oxidation of various organic substrates with hydrogen peroxide such as hydroxylation of aromatics, epoxidation of alkenes, ammoximation of ketones, and oxidation of alkanes and alcohols.

    The shape selectivity of TS-1 for oxidation reactions was first shown by Takashi Tatsumi from the Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan when oxidizing different linear, branched and cyclic alkanes with TS-1 using H2O2 as an oxidant (shown in Table 1).8 Hexane showed an oxidation turnover number seventeen times higher than cyclohexane and branched alkanes showed negligible activity. There is also a notable decrease in activity when the length of the linear alkane is above six carbon atoms, in clear relationship with higher diffusion restrictions (see Table 1). Other reactions like the epoxidation of alkenes and the oxidation of unsaturated alcohols have also been tested in order to further study shape-selective oxidation.

    Table 1

    Table 1. Results of the oxidation of different alkanes with TS-1using H2O2 reported by Tatsumi et al. 8


    TS-1 molecular sieve is a highly versatile molecular sieve with MFI structure. Many economic and green methods for synthesizing TS-1 are still underway. TS-1 catalyst is highly effective in the selective oxidation of various organic substrates with hydrogen peroxide. Reactions such as the ammoximation of  cyclohexanone to the corresponding oxime and synthesis of propylene oxide have been commercialized successfully using TS-1 as catalysts. Investigations about other promising applications of TS-1 are ongoing.

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    2.  www.iza-structure.org/databases/

    3. Millini, R., Massara, E. P., Perego, G.,         Bellussi., G.“Framework composition of titanium silicalite-1”,  Journal of  Catalysis, vol. 137, no.2 , 1992, pp. 497-503.

    4. Thangaraj, A., Eapan, M. J., Sivasanker, S.,    Ratnasamy, R. “Studies on the synthesis of titanium silicalite TS-1”, Zeolites, vol. 12, no. 8, Nov. 1992, pp. 943-950.

    5. Tamura, M., Chaikittisilp, W., Yokoi, T., Okubo, T. “Incorporation process of Ti species into the framework of MFI type zeolite”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, vol. 112, no. 1-3, Jul. 2008, pp. 202-210.

    6. Perego, C., Carati, A., Ingallina, P., Mantegazza, M. A., Bellussi, G. “Production of titanium containing molecular sieves and their application in catalysis”Applied Catalysis A: General, vol. 221, no. 1-2,  Nov. 2001, pp. 63-72.

    7. Parker, W. O., Millini, R J. “Ti Coordination in Titanium Silicalite-1”, Journal of American Chemical Society, vol. 128, no. 5, Jan. 2006, pp. 1450-1451.

    8. Tatsumi, T., Nakamura, M., Negishi, S., Tominaga, H. “Shape-selective oxidation of alkanes with H2O2 catalysed by titanosilicate”, Journal of Chemical Society, Chemical Communication, no. 6, 1990, pp. 476-477.