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In situ assembly of ultrafine Mn3O4 nanoparticles into MIL-101 for selective aerobic oxidation

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Abstract

Nanosize metal oxides generally possess high catalytic activity, but they tend to agglomerate into larger particles during a reaction. Therefore, the preparation of nanosize metal oxides with high stability is a crucial challenge. A novel and facile approach involving impregnation followed by a double solvent method was developed to directly encapsulate ultrafine Mn3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) into the nanocages of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). A series of MIL-101 encapsulated Mn3O4 NPs were prepared, in which the contents of Mn3O4 ranged from 3.2% to 33%. Ultrafine Mn3O4 NPs with a particle size of about 3 nm have been successfully embedded in the nanocages of MIL-101 with a uniform distribution. The MIL-101 encapsulated Mn3O4 NPs with a Mn3O4 content of 15% exhibits the highest conversion of benzyl alcohol (38.7%) and a >99% selectivity to benzaldehyde. Furthermore, after being repeatedly used 10 times, its catalytic activity is hardly changed. When the content of Mn3O4 NPs was further increased, the catalytic activity of the catalyst decreases, due to aggregated Mn3O4 particles with a large size which formed outside the MIL-101 matrix.

Graphical abstract: In situ assembly of ultrafine Mn3O4 nanoparticles into MIL-101 for selective aerobic oxidation

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The article was received on 08 May 2017, accepted on 14 Aug 2017 and first published on 14 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00912G
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017,7, 4136-4144
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    In situ assembly of ultrafine Mn3O4 nanoparticles into MIL-101 for selective aerobic oxidation

    Y. Fu, Y. Guo, Y. Guo, Y. Wang, L. Wang, W. Zhan and G. Lu, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, 7, 4136
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00912G

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