Selective Cu and Ni-MOFs as pre-catalysts for the hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol

Pamela S. Moyo, Banele Vatsha, Gift Mehlana, Leah C. Matsinha, Banothile C.E. Makhubela

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Abstract

In this work, we report the design of one-dimensional (1D) metal-organic framework containing Cu(ii) and Ni(ii) active sites using a N,N′-bis-(4-pyridyl)isophthalamide linker to form MOF 1 [Cu1/2(L1)(NO3)·DMF] and MOF 2 [Ni1/2L1Cl]. The MOFs were evaluated as heterogeneous catalysts for the hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol. MOF 2 catalyst showed impressive performance with conversion of FF (81%) and selectivity towards FA (100%). Post-experimental characterisation showed that the structural integrity of the MOF 2 was not altered after catalysis. The catalyst could also be reused several times without any significant loss in activity and selectivity. Furthermore, a possible plausible reaction mechanism of the reaction over MOF 2 was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6300-6316
Number of pages17
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume52
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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