Metal–organic frameworks: A tunable platform to access single-site heterogeneous catalysts

Megan C. Wasson, Cassandra T. Buru, Zhijie Chen, Timur Islamoglu, Omar K. Farha*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Heterogeneous catalysts streamline industrial processes due to high stability and ease of separation. Efforts toward predictive catalytic activity and rational design of next-generation systems are impeded by structural ambiguity stemming from the presence of multiple irregular active sites within a catalyst. The uniformity of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) provides a platform on which to develop single site catalysts in order to delineate atomically precise design rules. In this critical review, we highlight the development and progress of MOF-based single site catalysts and provide an outlook for further advancement of the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number117214
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
StatePublished - Sep 25 2019


  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Metal–organic frameworks
  • Single site

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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