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Themed collection Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis

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Editorial

Metal–organic framework catalysis

Welcome to this CrystEngComm themed issue entitled “Metal–organic framework catalysis.”

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework catalysis
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
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Photocatalytic metal–organic frameworks for organic transformations

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted increasing attention for applications in heterogeneous photocatalysis.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic metal–organic frameworks for organic transformations
From the themed collection: 2017 Highlight article collection
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Perspectives on metal–organic frameworks with intrinsic electrocatalytic activity

This highlight article focuses on the rapidly emerging area of electrocatalytic metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) with a particular emphasis on those systems displaying intrinsic activity.

Graphical abstract: Perspectives on metal–organic frameworks with intrinsic electrocatalytic activity
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Metal–organic frameworks with Lewis acidity: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic applications

In this highlight, we review the recent development in the design and synthesis of metal–organic frameworks with Lewis acidity, the characterization techniques of Lewis acid sites, and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic frameworks with Lewis acidity: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic applications
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Enzyme encapsulation in metal–organic frameworks for applications in catalysis

Various methods for encapsulating enzymes in metal–organic frameworks are discussed and the catalytic activity of biocomposites prepared using these methods is highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Enzyme encapsulation in metal–organic frameworks for applications in catalysis
From the themed collection: 2017 Highlight article collection
Open Access Highlight

Understanding metal–organic frameworks for photocatalytic solar fuel production

The fascinating chemical and physical properties of MOFs have recently stimulated exploration of their application for photocatalysis. Design guidelines for these materials in photocatalytic solar fuel generation can be developed by applying the right spectroscopic tools.

Graphical abstract: Understanding metal–organic frameworks for photocatalytic solar fuel production
From the themed collection: 2017 Highlight article collection
Open Access Highlight

MOF catalysts in biomass upgrading towards value-added fine chemicals

The development of new synthetic routes from biomass sources towards already existing molecules, which are then called bio-based molecules, or the transformation of biomass into new building blocks and materials will be of great impact. This review presents a critical comparison between MOFs and other catalysts (e.g. zeolites) for biomass transformation.

Graphical abstract: MOF catalysts in biomass upgrading towards value-added fine chemicals
From the themed collection: 2017 Highlight article collection
Communication

Solution-based sequential modification of LiCoO2 particle surfaces with iron(II) oxalate nanolayers

Facile creation of hybrid metal oxide-core/MOF-shell structures is achieved by stepwise solution-based modification of the core surface with a framework compound.

Graphical abstract: Solution-based sequential modification of LiCoO2 particle surfaces with iron(ii) oxalate nanolayers
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Acid–base directed supramolecular isomers of isophthalate based MOFs for CO2 adsorption and transformation

Directing supramolecular isomers using an acid versus a base, two MOFs with the same composition yet different topologies show differences in their catalytic efficacy to transform CO2 and epoxides into cyclic carbonates.

Graphical abstract: Acid–base directed supramolecular isomers of isophthalate based MOFs for CO2 adsorption and transformation
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Open Access Communication

Base free transfer hydrogenation using a covalent triazine framework based catalyst

Isomerisation of allylic alcohols to saturated ketones can be efficiently catalysed by a heterogeneous molecular system resulting from IrIIICp* anchoring to a covalent triazine framework.

Graphical abstract: Base free transfer hydrogenation using a covalent triazine framework based catalyst
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Surface acid–base catalytic activity of ZIF-8 revealed by super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Fluorescence microscopy uncovers the surface-only catalytic activity of ZIF-8, but its accessibility is improved via extra porosity introduction by oleic acid treatment.

Graphical abstract: Surface acid–base catalytic activity of ZIF-8 revealed by super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Two metal–organic frameworks sharing the same basic framework show distinct interpenetration degrees and different performances in CO2 catalytic conversion

Two metal–organic frameworks having the same basic framework but different interpenetration degrees show different catalytic activities in CO2 cycloaddition reactions.

Graphical abstract: Two metal–organic frameworks sharing the same basic framework show distinct interpenetration degrees and different performances in CO2 catalytic conversion
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Using water adsorption measurements to access the chemistry of defects in the metal–organic framework UiO-66

Defects in UiO-66 were investigated for the first time by water adsorption measurements and then the materials were tested for the cyanosilylation of benzaldehyde.

Graphical abstract: Using water adsorption measurements to access the chemistry of defects in the metal–organic framework UiO-66
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

An in situ investigation of the water-induced phase transformation of UTSA-74 to MOF-74(Zn)

In water, UTSA-74 transforms through a dissolution–recrystallization process to its polymorph MOF-74(Zn).

Graphical abstract: An in situ investigation of the water-induced phase transformation of UTSA-74 to MOF-74(Zn)
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Nanostructured ZnO as a structural template for the growth of ZIF-8 with tunable hierarchical porosity for CO2 conversion

We report a new approach to introduce hierarchical porosity into ZIF-8 by using three-dimensional nanostructured porous ZnO as a structural template.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured ZnO as a structural template for the growth of ZIF-8 with tunable hierarchical porosity for CO2 conversion
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Communication

Synthesis of vanillin via a catalytically active Cu(II)-metal organic polyhedron

Crystalline Cu (II)-MOP 1 was employed for the first time in the catalytic conversion of trans-ferulic acid to vanillin.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of vanillin via a catalytically active Cu(ii)-metal organic polyhedron
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
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Improved catalytic performance of porous metal–organic frameworks for the ring opening of styrene oxide

An emerging strategy to improve the performance of porous metal–organic framework (MOF) materials as heterogeneous catalysts is reported.

Graphical abstract: Improved catalytic performance of porous metal–organic frameworks for the ring opening of styrene oxide
From the themed collection: Metal-Organic Framework Catalysis
Open Access Paper

Fe3O4@HKUST-1 and Pd/Fe3O4@HKUST-1 as magnetically recyclable catalysts prepared via conversion from a Cu-based ceramic

A Fe3O4/Cu- ceramic system converted into a magnetic HKUST-1 composite was used as a recyclable catalyst for one-pot cascade and hydrogenation reactions.

Graphical abstract: Fe3O4@HKUST-1 and Pd/Fe3O4@HKUST-1 as magnetically recyclable catalysts prepared via conversion from a Cu-based ceramic
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Systematic study of the impact of MOF densification into tablets on textural and mechanical properties

Densification process of MOF powders (HKUST-1, UiO-66, UiO-66-NH2, and UiO-67) into mechanically resistant pellets with maintained microporosity and enhanced volumetric uptake.

Graphical abstract: Systematic study of the impact of MOF densification into tablets on textural and mechanical properties
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Electrochemical sensing and catalysis using Cu3(BTC)2 coating electrodes from Cu(OH)2 films

Metal–organic framework (MOF) coatings were prepared on gold electrodes through the conversion from Cu(OH)2 nanobelts to Cu3(BTC)2 MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical sensing and catalysis using Cu3(BTC)2 coating electrodes from Cu(OH)2 films
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Knoevenagel condensation reaction catalysed by Al-MOFs with CAU-1 and CAU-10-type structures

This manuscript reports the Knoevenagel condensation reaction between benzaldehyde and malononitrile using CAU-1-NH2 as a reusable heterogeneous catalyst under mild reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: Knoevenagel condensation reaction catalysed by Al-MOFs with CAU-1 and CAU-10-type structures
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Pd(0) loaded Zn2(azoBDC)2(dabco) as a heterogeneous catalyst

A new metal–organic framework Zn2(azoBDC)2(dabco) is used as a palladium(0) carrier and its application as a heterogeneous catalyst is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Pd(0) loaded Zn2(azoBDC)2(dabco) as a heterogeneous catalyst
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About this collection

This themed issue will focus on structural aspects of MOFs related to catalysis including but not limited to; post-synthetic modification strategies, incorporation of catalytic moieties into the framework structure, the generation of co-ordinatively unsaturated or defect sites and the characterisation of composite materials and hierarchical architectures that display catalytic properties.  Structural and mechanistic insight into catalytic reactions garnered through MOF chemistry are also sought.  MOFs are promising materials for heterogeneous catalysis and the central aim of this themed issue is to elucidate how structural motifs can be incorporated into the design of MOFs with potentially novel catalytic activities.  
Guest Edited by Professors Christian Doonan and Christopher Sumby.

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