Exploring the catalytic performance of a series of bimetallic MIL-100(Fe, Ni) MOFs

Mónica Giménez-Marqués, Andrea Santiago-Portillo, Sergio Navalón, Mercedes Álvaro, Valérie Briois, Farid Nouar, Hermenegildo Garcia, Christian Serre

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A series of mixed-metal FeIII/NiII metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) of the MIL-100 type containing different metal ratios have been synthesized de novo, following an approach that requires tuning of the FeIII/NiII reactivity. The resulting heterometallic MIL-100(Fe, Ni) materials maintain thermal, chemical and structural stability with respect to the parent MIL-100(Fe) MOF as can be deduced from various techniques. The nature and the oxidation state of the accessible metal cations have been evaluated by in situ infrared spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure measurements. The obtained mixed-metal MOFs and the parent material have been evaluated as heterogeneous catalysts in a model acid-catalyzed reaction, i.e., the Prins reaction. It is found that the catalytic activity improves by more than one order of magnitude upon incorporation of NiII, with a complete selectivity for the formation of nopol. This increase in the catalytic activity upon incorporation of NiII correlates with the enhancement in the Lewis acidity of the material as determined by CO adsorption. The heterometallic MOF can be recycled without observation of metal leaching, while maintaining the crystal structure under the reaction conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20285-20292
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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