Stabilising and characterising homogeneous catalysts in MOFs

Sarah L. Griffin, Georgia R.F. Orton, Rosemary J. Young, Christopher J. Sumby, Christian J. Doonan, Neil R. Champness*

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) provide a crystalline scaffold that can act as a host for guest species. In this chapter, recent advances using MOFs as hosts for catalytic metal complexes are discussed. Particular emphasis is given to MOFs that can tether metal complexes to the framework such that the guests adopt a crystalline arrangement. The structures of the tethered complexes and their reactivity can be studied by a variety of techniques, including X-ray diffraction. We discuss examples of reactive species which are kinetically trapped and structurally characterised within an MOF and reports where tethering catalysts to MOFs can lead to enhanced catalytic performance. Finally, we describe guidelines for developing such approaches and for the use of MOFs to study catalytic processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReactivity in Confined Spaces
EditorsRoss S. Forgan, Gareth O. Lloyd
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781788019705, 9781788019712
ISBN (Print)9781788017763
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameMonographs in Supramolecular Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1368-8642
ISSN (Electronic)2041-7144

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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