Metal–Organic Framework Materials as Catalysts, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2024 | Viewed by 1884

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Interests: porous materials; MOF design; MOF synthesis; MOF functionalization and composite; MOF-derived materials; catalysis; gas adsorption; gas separation; carbon dioxide utilization
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Dear Colleagues,

Following the first successful Special Issue on this topic (available here), we are happy to announce a second edition entitled “Metal–Organic Framework Materials as Catalysts, 2nd Edition.”

Since the 1990s, selective heterogeneous catalytic organic transformations have emerged as one of the most promising applications of microporous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). The notable feature of MOFs lies in their remarkable porosity, which enables efficient mass transportation and optimal interaction with substrates. The realm of MOFs has seen the synthesis of over 3,000 distinct frameworks, with ongoing development contributing to one of the most dynamically evolving fields in contemporary scientific research.

Heterogeneous catalysis has progressively assumed a pivotal role in chemical manufacturing, often yielding substantial waste reduction. Over the past two decades, the utilization of MOFs as heterogeneous catalysts has significantly advanced, presenting an ecologically friendly alternative to homogeneous catalysis. MOFs have demonstrated their efficacy as solid catalysts across a spectrum of organic transformations encompassing alkylation, acylation, oxidation, epoxidation, hydrogenation, condensation, esterification, metathesis, Diels–Alder reactions, and more. The advantages of MOFs, including facile product separation, catalyst reusability, and diminished leaching concerns, underscore their superiority as active heterogeneous catalysts.

The objective of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for the forefront of academic research in MOF catalysis and its derivatives. MOF catalysis can hinge on the dynamic interplay of active sites within the framework, encompassing metal nodes, organic linkers, and the integration of nano-metals and metal oxides. Furthermore, the encapsulation of catalytically active species, post-synthetic modifications of MOFs, multifunctional MOFs, mixed linker MOFs, and asymmetric MOFs for catalyzed organic transformations all constitute pertinent themes for this Special Issue.

Encompassing a wide range of research facets, this Special Issue addresses the extensive domain of MOFs in relation to heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst synthesis, and the characterization of their diverse applications in molecular transformations.

We invite submissions of original research, comprehensive review articles, and insightful perspectives that enrich the field.

Prof. Dr. Francis Verpoort
Dr. Somboon Chaemchuen
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  • MOFs in catalysis for chemicals
  • MOFs in electrocatalysis
  • MOFs in photocatalysis
  • MOF derivates in catalysis
  • MOF catalysts for polymerizations
  • MOFs in enantioselective catalysis
  • MOF derivatives in catalysis
  • further areas for development and new perspectives

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Preparation of Proline-Modified UIO−66 Nanomaterials and Investigation of Their Potential in Lipase Immobilization
by Xiaoxiao Dong, Chengnan Zhang, Prasanna J. Patil, Weiwei Li and Xiuting Li
Catalysts 2024, 14(3), 180; - 4 Mar 2024
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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are regarded as excellent carriers for immobilized enzymes due to their substantial specific surface area, high porosity, and easily tunable pore size. Nevertheless, the use of UIO−66 material is significantly limited in immobilized enzymes due to the absence of active [...] Read more.
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are regarded as excellent carriers for immobilized enzymes due to their substantial specific surface area, high porosity, and easily tunable pore size. Nevertheless, the use of UIO−66 material is significantly limited in immobilized enzymes due to the absence of active functional groups on its surface. This study comprised the synthesis of UIO−66 and subsequent modification of the proline (Pro) on UIO−66 through post-synthetic modification. UIO−66 and UIO−66/Pro crystals were employed as matrices to immobilize Rhizopus oryzae lipase (ROL). The contact angle demonstrated that the introduction of Pro onto UIO−66 resulted in favorable conformational changes in the structure of ROL. The immobilized enzyme ROL@UIO−66/Pro, produced via the covalent-bonding method, exhibited greater activity (0.064715 U/mg (about 1.73 times that of the free enzyme)) and stability in the ester hydrolysis reaction. The immobilized enzymes ROL@UIO−66 (131.193 mM) and ROL@UIO−66/Pro (121.367 mM), which were synthesized using the covalent-bonding approach, exhibited a lower Km and higher substrate affinity compared to the immobilized enzyme ROL@UIO−66/Pro (24.033 mM) produced via the adsorption method. This lays a solid foundation for the industrialization of immobilized enzymes. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal–Organic Framework Materials as Catalysts, 2nd Edition)
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