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Reversible Redox Activity in Multicomponent Metal–Organic Frameworks Constructed from Trinuclear Copper Pyrazolate Building Blocks

Reversible Redox Activity in Multicomponent Metal–Organic Frameworks Constructed from Trinuclear Copper Pyrazolate Building Blocks
Zhen Ma, Qingqing Pang, Huoshu Xu, Linhong Weng, Yulin Wang, Qiaowei Li, Xiaomin Li, Binbin Tu
Inorganic functionalization of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), such as incorporation of multiple inorganic building blocks with distinct metals into one structure and further modulation of the metal charges, endows the porous materials with significant properties toward their applications in catalysis. In this work, by an exploration of the role of 4-pyrazolecarboxylic acid (H2PyC) in the formation of trinuclear copper pyrazolate as a metalloligand in situ, four new MOFs with multiple components in order were constructed through one-pot synthesis. This metalloligand strategy provides multicomponent MOFs with new topologies (tub for FDM-4 and tap for FDM-5) and is also compatible with a second organic linker for cooperative construction of complex MOFs (1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid for FDM-6 and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid for FDM-7). The component multiplicity of these MOFs originates from PyC’s ability to separate Cu and Zn on the basis of their differentiated binding affinities toward pyrazolate and carboxylate. These MOFs feature reversible and facile redox transformations between CuI3(PyC)3 and CuII3(μ-OH)(PyC)3(OH)3 without altering the connecting geometries of the units, thus further contributing to the significant catalytic activities in the oxidation of CO and aromatic alcohols and the decomposition of H2O2. This study on programming multiple inorganic components into one framework and modulating their electronic structures is an example of functionalizing the inorganic units of MOFs with a high degree of control.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b03578

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03578

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