Hybridising metal nodes in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) could open up a new route for activating CO2 so it can be converted into useful chemicals, claim Chinese scientists.
Using theoretical methods, they calculated the properties of a copper-based MOF into which they hybridised tungsten ions. They found that the asymmetric W-Cu centres in the MOF have unique catalytic reactivity towards CO2 conversion that W-W or Cu-Cu centres don’t possess.
Link to journal article
Catalyzed Activation of CO2 by a Lewis Base Site in W-Cu-BTC Hybrid Metal Organic Frameworks
Q Zhang et al
Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2sc20521a