Controlled synthesis of Bi- And tri-nuclear Cu-oxo nanoclusters on metal-organic frameworks and the structure-reactivity correlations

Qi Xue, Bryan Kit Yue Ng, Ho Wing Man, Tai Sing Wu, Yun Liang Soo, Molly Mengjung Li, Shogo Kawaguchi, Kwok Yin Wong, Shik Chi Edman Tsang, Bolong Huang, Tsz Woon Benedict Lo

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Abstract

Precisely tuning the nuclearity of supported metal nanoclusters is pivotal for designing more superior catalytic systems, but it remains practically challenging. By utilising the chemical and molecular specificity of UiO-66-NH2(a Zr-based metal-organic framework), we report the controlled synthesis of supported bi- and trinuclear Cu-oxo nanoclusters on the Zr6O4nodal centres of UiO-66-NH2. We revealed the interplay between the surface structures of the active sites, adsorption configurations, catalytic reactivities and associated reaction energetics of structurally related Cu-based ‘single atoms’ and bi- and trinuclear species over our model photocatalytic formic acid reforming reaction. This work will offer practical insight that fills the critical knowledge gap in the design and engineering of new-generation atomic and nanocluster catalysts. The precise control of the structure and surface sensitivities is important as it can effectively lead to more reactive and selective catalytic systems. The supported bi- and trinuclear Cu-oxo nanoclusters exhibit notably different catalytic properties compared with the mononuclear ‘Cu1’ analogue, which provides critical insight for the engineering of more superior catalytic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Science
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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