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Fine tuning of the metal–organic framework Cu3(BTC)2 HKUST-1 crystal size in the 100 nm to 5 micron range

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Abstract

Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC = 1,3,5-benzene tricarboxylate) was synthesized from cooled reagents in ethanolwater solvent mixtures and in ethanol solvent at room temperature involving quenching at −196 °C and freeze drying in order to limit crystal growth. These approaches are handy to synthesize this MOF with narrow particle size distribution in the range of 100 nm to 5 microns and to achieve excellent crystallinity and unprecedented porosity. The nano-version of Cu3(BTC)2 outperforms micron size crystals in catalyzing methanolysis of styrene oxide.

Graphical abstract: Fine tuning of the metal–organic framework Cu3(BTC)2 HKUST-1 crystal size in the 100 nm to 5 micron range

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The article was received on 24 Nov 2011, accepted on 24 Apr 2012 and first published on 02 May 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM31536J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 13742-13746
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    Fine tuning of the metal–organic framework Cu3(BTC)2 HKUST-1 crystal size in the 100 nm to 5 micron range

    L. H. Wee, M. R. Lohe, N. Janssens, S. Kaskel and J. A. Martens, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 13742
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM31536J

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