A hafnium-based metal-organic framework as an efficient and multifunctional catalyst for facile CO2 fixation and regioselective and enantioretentive epoxide activation

M. Hassan Beyzavi, Rachel C. Klet, Samat Tussupbayev, Joshua Borycz, Nicolaas A. Vermeulen, Christopher J. Cramer, J. Fraser Stoddart, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha

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Porous heterogeneous catalysts play a pivotal role in the chemical industry. Herein a new Hf-based metal-organic framework (Hf-NU-1000) incorporating Hf6 clusters is reported. It demonstrates high catalytic efficiency for the activation of epoxides, facilitating the quantitative chemical fixation of CO2 into five-membered cyclic carbonates under ambient conditions, rendering this material an excellent catalyst. As a multifunctional catalyst, Hf-NU-1000 is also efficient for other epoxide activations, leading to the regioselective and enantioretentive formation of 1,2-bifuctionalized systems via solvolytic nucleophilic ring opening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15861-15864
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Nov 12 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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