Probing the correlations between the defects in metal-organic frameworks and their catalytic activity by an epoxide ring-opening reaction

Yangyang Liu, Rachel C. Klet, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar Farha

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Seven Zr/Hf-based MOFs with different degrees of defects were obtained by modulating the synthetic conditions. The number of missing linkers in these MOFs was calculated based on potentiometric acid-base titration. The number of defects was found to correlate quantitatively with the catalytic activity of UiO-type MOFs for an acid-catalyzed epoxide ring-opening reaction. More importantly, we were able to identify a MOF with inherent defective Zr6 nodes, which showed great activity and regio-selectivity for the epoxide ring-opening reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7806-7809
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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