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Conversion of CO2 into cyclic carbonates by a Co(II) metal–organic framework and the improvement of catalytic activity via nanocrystallization

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Abstract

The Co(II) metal–organic framework (MOF) {[Co(μ3-L)(H2O)]·0.5H2O}n (1, H2L = thiazolidine 2,4-dicarboxylic acid) with rich Lewis acid sites was used as a catalyst for the conversion of CO2 and propylene oxide into propylene carbonate with a yield of up to 98% under 50 °C and 1 atm. 1 exhibited excellent reusability, which could be regenerated easily for at least five runs without a decrease in the yield. Importantly, we synthesized two types of nano-crystals (N1 and N2) of 1 with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactants, respectively, and investigated their catalytic properties in comparison with that of 1 in the powder phase. A significant enhancement in both catalytic efficiency and product yield was observed when 1 was nano-crystallized. This is the first investigation about the relationship between the morphology and the catalytic parameters of MOFs. The results showed a strategy for efficiently applying MOFs as catalysts towards CO2 conversion, which could also be used in other MOF-catalyzed processes.

Graphical abstract: Conversion of CO2 into cyclic carbonates by a Co(ii) metal–organic framework and the improvement of catalytic activity via nanocrystallization

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The article was received on 26 Dec 2017, accepted on 05 Jan 2018 and first published on 05 Jan 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04882C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 1768-1771
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    Conversion of CO2 into cyclic carbonates by a Co(II) metal–organic framework and the improvement of catalytic activity via nanocrystallization

    X. Ji, N. Zhu, J. Ma and P. Cheng, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 1768
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04882C

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