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Hydroisomerization of n-Hexane Using Acidified Metal–Organic Framework and Platinum Nanoparticles

Hydroisomerization of n-Hexane Using Acidified Metal–Organic Framework and Platinum Nanoparticles
Juncong Jiang, Gabor A. Somorjai, Kairat Sabyrov, Omar. M. Yaghi
Exceptionally high surface area and ordered nanopores of a metal–organic framework (MOF) are exploited to encapsulate and homogeneously disperse a considerable amount of phosphotungstic acid (PTA). When combined with platinum nanoparticles positioned on the external surface of the MOF, the construct shows a high catalytic activity for hydroisomerization of n-hexane, a reaction requiring hydrogenation/dehydrogenation and moderate to strong Brønsted acid sites. Characterization of the catalytic activity and acidic sites as a function of PTA loading demonstrates that both the concentration and strength of acidic sites are highest for the catalyst with the largest amount of PTA. The MOF construct containing 60% PTA by weight produces isoalkanes with 100% selectivity and 9-fold increased mass activity as compared to a more traditional aluminosilicate catalyst, further demonstrating the capacity of the MOF to contain a high concentration of active sites necessary for the isomerization reaction.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b06629

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06629

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