Heterogeneous catalysis by frustrated Lewis pairs

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Frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs), featuring reactive Lewis acid and Lewis base sites that can cooperatively activate small molecules, have been exploited in a wide range of homogeneous catalytic reactions since their inception in 2006. However, it is only recently that the tenets of FLP chemistry have been used to develop heterogeneous catalysts, which are advantageous due to their ease of separation from reaction mixtures and the recyclability of the catalyst. This chapter outlines the many different approaches that research groups around the world have taken to synthesise and utilise semi-immobilised or fully immobilised (solid-state) FLP catalysts. This includes supporting the Lewis acid and/or base components on or within a whole host of different materials, including silica, zeolites, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), polyoxometalate clusters, metal oxides, graphene and hexagonal boron nitride.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrustrated Lewis Pairs
EditorsJ. Chris Slootweg , Andrew R. Jupp
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9783030588885
ISBN (Print)9783030588878, 9783030588908
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Publication series

NameMolecular Catalysis (MOLCAT)
ISSN (Print)2522-5081
ISSN (Electronic)2522-509X


  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Frustrated lewis pairs
  • Solid-state
  • MOFs
  • Surfaces


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