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Polymerization of Alkylsilanes on ZIF-8 to Hierarchical Siloxane Microspheres and Microflowers

Yunnan Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center of Green Chemistry for Lignite Energy, Yunnan Province Engineering Research Center of Photocatalytic Treatment of Industrial Wastewater, The Universities’ Center for Photocatalytic Treatment of Pollutants in Yunnan Province, School of Energy, School of Chemical Sciences & Technology, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
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Catalysts 2017, 7(3), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal7030077
Received: 6 December 2016 / Revised: 28 February 2017 / Accepted: 1 March 2017 / Published: 3 March 2017
The use of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in the polymerization field remains comparatively rare up to now, let alone studies on the fabrication of polymer microstructures through a MOFs-catalyzed assembly process. Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8), a well-known MOF for its chemical and thermal stabilities, was used to induce a polymerization reaction of saturated alkylsilanes for the first time. The reaction temperature was found to be critical for morphology control of the polymerized ZIF-siloxane composites. The polymerization of alkylsilanes by ZIF-8 at room temperature resulted in siloxane microspheres while rose petal-like microstructures were obtained at higher temperature. The effects of the reaction time on the structures of the polymerization products were also investigated and the polymerization reaction process was proposed. This work expands the field of MOFs’ applications and develops a reasonable method for the multidimensional assembly of MOFs building blocks into required structures or platforms for designing new kinds of hierarchical morphologies, which to our knowledge has not been previously investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: ZIF-8; composite materials; polymerization of alkylsilane; siloxane microflowers; fabrication of MOF ZIF-8; composite materials; polymerization of alkylsilane; siloxane microflowers; fabrication of MOF
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Yang, L.; Xie, C.; Li, Y.; Guo, L.; Nie, M.; Zhang, J.; Yan, Z.; Wang, J.; Wang, W. Polymerization of Alkylsilanes on ZIF-8 to Hierarchical Siloxane Microspheres and Microflowers. Catalysts 2017, 7, 77.

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