Opening ZIF-8: A catalytically active zeolitic imidazolate framework of sodalite topology with unsubstituted linkers

Olga Karagiaridi, Marianne B. Lalonde, Wojciech Bury, Amy A. Sarjeant, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp

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A zeolitic imidazolate framework material of SOD topology possessing primarily unsubstituted imidazolate (im) linkers has been synthesized via solvent-assisted linker exchange (SALE) of ZIF-8. The structure of the new material, SALEM-2, has been confirmed through 1H NMR and powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. SALEM-2 is the first example of a porous Zn(im)2 ZIF possessing a truly zeolitic topology that can be obtained in bulk quantities. Upon treatment with n-butyllithium, the open analogue exhibits Brønsted base catalysis that cannot be accomplished by the parent material ZIF-8. Additionally, it displays a different size cutoff for uptake and release of molecular guests than does ZIF-8.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18790-18796
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Nov 14 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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