Enhanced Catalytic Activity of TEMPO-Mediated Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols via Redox-Active Metal-Organic Framework Nodes

Molecules. 2023 Jan 6;28(2):593. doi: 10.3390/molecules28020593.


Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are outstanding platforms for heterogeneous catalysis due to their tunable pore size, huge surface area, large porosity, and potential active sites. The design and synthesis of MOF/organocatalyst co-catalytic systems have attracted considerable interest owing to their high catalytic activity, low toxicity, and mild reaction conditions. Herein, we reported the synthesis of a bifunctional TEMPO-IsoNTA organocatalyst featuring a pyridyl group as an anchoring site and a TEMPO radical as a catalytic active site. By using the topologically isomorphic structures of MIL-101(Fe) and MIL-101(Cr) as co-catalysts, these MOF/TEMPO-IsoNTA systems enable the efficient aerobic oxidation of various alcohols to their corresponding aldehydes or ketones under mild conditions. Notably, the MIL-101(Fe)/TEMPO-IsoNTA system exhibits superior catalytic activity, thanks to their redox-active FeIII-oxo nodes, which facilitate the regeneration of TEMPO-IsoNTA. Our research not only solves the problem of potential heavy metal contamination in the TEMPO-based homogeneous catalytic system, but also enriches the understanding of synergism of MOFs/organocatalysts.

PMID:36677651 | DOI:10.3390/molecules28020593


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