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An Anion Metal–Organic Framework with Lewis Basic Sites-Rich toward Charge-Exclusive Cationic Dyes Separation and Size-Selective Catalytic Reaction

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posted on 17.02.2016 by Xu-Sheng Wang, Jun Liang, Lan Li, Zu-Jin Lin, Partha Pratim Bag, Shui-Ying Gao, Yuan-Biao Huang, Rong Cao
Organic dye pollutants become a big headache due to their toxic nature to the environment, and it should be one of the best solutions if we can separate and reuse them. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of a microporous anion metal–organic framework (MOF) with Lewis basic sites-rich based on TDPAT (2,4,6-tris­(3,5-dicarboxyl­phenyl­amino)-1,3,5-triazine) ligand, FJI-C2, which shows high adsorption and separation of cationic dye based on the charge-exclusive effect. Compared to other MOF materials, FJI-C2 shows the largest adsorption amount of methylene blue (1323 mg/g) at room temperature due to the nature of the anion frameworks and high surface area/pore volume. Furthermore, motivated by the adsorption properties of large guest molecules, we proceeded to investigate the catalytic behaviors of FJI-C2, not only because the large pore facilitates the mass transfer of guest molecules but also because the high density of Lewis basic sites can act as effective catalytic sites. As expected, FJI-C2 exhibits excellent catalytic performance for size-selective Knoevenagel condensation under mild conditions and can be reused several times without a significant decrease of the activity.

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