Dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene) As a Green Alternative to N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF) in MOF Synthesis

Zhang, Jinfeng and White, Gabrielle B. and Ryan, Michaella D. and Hunt, Andrew J. and Katz, Michael J. (2016) Dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene) As a Green Alternative to N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF) in MOF Synthesis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4 (12). pp. 7186-7192. ISSN 2168-0485

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Cyrene, a green bioderived solvent from waste cellulose, was applied into the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The MOF, HKUST-1, exhibited an even better Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area than HKUST-1 synthesized with DMF. Four additional archetypal MOFs were also synthesized to verify the universal application of Cy-rene in MOF manufacture. However, the BET surface areas were lower than DMF-made MOFs. It was observed that an aldol-condensation product of two Cyrene molecules in addition to Cyrene trapped within the pores are responsible for the lower-than expected surface area. The use of Cyrene has led to a series of design principles that eliminate the need for problematic solvents such as DMF and can be applied to the synthesis of a wide range of MOFs.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/16461
Item ID: 16461
Keywords: green chemistry, metal-organic frameworks, alternative solvents, industrial green synthesis
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Chemistry
Date: 28 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b02115
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