Authors: Chebude, Y; Gonfa, G; Diaz, I

Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop.. vol: 37. page: 1011-3924.
Date: . 2023.
Doi: 10.4314/bcse.v37i3.12.

Vernonia oil is a naturally epoxidized triglyceride oil extracted from the seed of Vernonia galamensis, a native plant in East Africa. After hydrolysis to vernolic acid (VA) and derivatization, vernolic acid methyl ester (VAME) is synthesized and used to functionalize ordered mesoporous materials (OMM). Al-MCM-41 with Si/Al ratio of 15, pure silica SBA-15 and periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) are employed as supports exploring the different surface properties. Following optimization of the VAME/OMM ratios, selected samples, i.e. those with 13% VAME, were impregnated with AgNO3 in NaBH4 to obtain Ag-nanoparticles. The final AgVAME-OMM potential catalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, observing an efficient loading of Ag nanoparticles in pure silica SBA-15 with VAME with 500 m2 specific surface area and 6 nm pore size..