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Construction of Stable Metal–Organic Framework Platforms Embedding N‑Heterocyclic Carbene Metal Complexes for Selective Catalysis

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posted on 2021-12-08, 15:03 authored by Hyunyong Kim, Hyunseok Kim, Kimoon Kim, Eunsung Lee
We report a bottom-up approach to immobilize catalysts into MOFs, including copper halides and gold chloride in a predictable manner. Interestingly, the structures of MOFs bearing NHC metal complexes maintained a similar 4-fold interpenetrated cube. They exhibited exceptionally high porosity despite the interpenetrated structure and showed good stability in various solvents. Moreover, these MOFs possess high size activity depending on the size of the substrates in various reactions, compared to homogeneous catalysis. Also, the high catalytic activity of MOFs can be preserved 4 times without significant loss of crystallinity. Incorporation of the various metal complexes into MOFs allows for the preparation of functional MOFs for practical applications.