An effective strategy for creating asymmetric MOFs for chirality induction: A chiral Zr-based MOF for enantioselective epoxidation

Kayhaneh Berijani, Ali Morsali, Joseph T. Hupp

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Recently the construction of chiral MOFs (CMOFs) has been very challenging and complex. For the first time, we synthesized a chiral Zr-based MOF with l-tartaric acid by solvent-assisted ligand incorporation (SALI). We show that a CMOF can be postsynthetically generated by a simple method: incorporating chiral carboxylic groups on the achiral NU-1000. The post-synthesized chiral NU-1000 was used as an asymmetric support for producing a chiral catalyst with molybdenum catalytic active centers as Lewis acid sites. Enantioselective epoxidation of various prochiral alkens to epoxids by using [C-NU-1000-Mo] is comparable to that using other asymmetric homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, along with high enantiomeric excess and selectivity to epoxide (up to 100%). The CMOF could be reused in the styrene oxidation after five cycles without substantial deterioration in the CMOF crystallinity or catalytic performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3388-3397
Number of pages10
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis

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