Synthesis of stable heterogeneous catalysts by supporting carbon-stabilized palladium nanoparticles on MOFs†
Cycling instability of catalysts is a persisting challenge in heterogeneous catalysis. In this work, we reported an effective in situ strategy for preparing ZIF-8 supported carbon-stabilized Pd nanoparticles (C@Pd/ZIF-8). The original ZIF-8 structure was well-preserved after the formation of Pd nanoparticles and amorphous carbon. Here, the Pd nanoparticles were encapsulated in the carbon matrix with a good dispersion. The as-prepared catalysts showed a better activity and cycling stability for the hydrogenation of CC containing substrates. C@Pd/ZIF-8 catalysts are reusable without significant loss of activity after 5 cycles, exhibiting higher cycling stability than those prepared from directly supported Pd nanoparticles on ZIF-8 (Pd/ZIF-8).