Extending the Compositional Range of Nanocasting in the Oxozirconium Cluster-Based Metal-Organic Framework NU-1000 - A Comparative Structural Analysis

Wenyang Zhao, Zhao Wang, Camille D. Malonzo, Thomas E. Webber, Ana E. Platero-Prats, Francisco Sotomayor, Nicolaas A. Vermeulen, Timothy C. Wang, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, Lee Penn, Karena W. Chapman, Matthias Thommes, Andreas Stein

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The process of nanocasting in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is a versatile approach to modify these porous materials by introducing supporting scaffolds. The nanocast scaffolds can stabilize metal-oxo clusters in MOFs at high temperatures and modulate their chemical environments. Here we demonstrate a range of nanocasting approaches in the MOF NU-1000, which contains hexanuclear oxozirconium clusters (denoted as Zr6 clusters) that are suitable for modification with other metals. We developed methods for introducing SiO2, TiO2, polymeric, and carbon scaffolds into the NU-1000 structure. The responses of NU-1000 toward different scaffold precursors were studied, including the effects on morphology, precursor distribution, and porosity after nanocasting. Upon removal of organic linkers in the MOF by calcination/pyrolysis at 500 °C or above, the Zr6 clusters remained accessible and maintained their Lewis acidity in SiO2 nanocast samples, whereas additional treatment was necessary for Zr6 clusters to become accessible to pyridine probe molecules in carbon nanocast samples. Aggregation of Zr6 clusters was largely prevented with SiO2 or carbon scaffolds even after thermal treatment at 500 °C or above. In the case of titania nanocasting, NU-1000 crystals underwent a pseudomorphic transformation, in which Zr6 clusters reacted with titania to form small aggregates of a Zr/Ti mixed oxide with a local structure resembling that of ZrTi2O6. The ability to maintain high densities of discrete Lewis acidic Zr6 clusters on SiO2 or carbon supports at high temperatures provides a starting point for designing new thermally stable catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1301-1315
Number of pages15
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 27 2018

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This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences under Award DE-SC-0012702, except for the parts listed below. Parts of this work were carried out in the University of Minnesota Characterization Facility, which receives partial support from the NSF through the MRSEC, ERC, MRI, and NNIN programs. Work done at Argonne National Laboratory was performed using the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. A.E.P.-P. acknowledges a Beatriu de Pinoś fellowship (BP-DGR 2014) from the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge (Catalan Government). We thank Professor Paul J. Dauenhauer, Dr. Omar A. Abdelrahman, and Ms. Kristeen E. Joseph for carrying out TPD measurements.

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