Highly Selective Acetylene Semihydrogenation Catalyzed by Cu Nanoparticles Supported in a Metal–Organic Framework

Louis R. Redfern, Zhanyong Li, Xuan Zhang, Omar k Farha

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Abstract

We describe herein the highly selective semihydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene using a Zr-based metal–organic framework (MOF; NU-1000) with Cu–oxo clusters present on the nodes as precatalysts. The active form of the catalyst is MOF-supported Cu nanoparticles generated in situ upon a brief H2 reduction treatment at 200 °C. This composite material is stable for many catalytic cycles and effectively avoids overreduction to ethane, a common problem for many semihydrogenation catalysts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4413-4417
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Volume1
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2018

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