Teams construct microporous structure making active site more accessible in single-atom catalysts

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Hierarchically ordered porous carbon with atomically dispersed cobalt for oxidative esterification of furfural

Wen Yao, Chenghong Hu, Yajie Zhang, Hao Li, Fengliang Wang, Kui Shen, Liyu Chen* and Yingwei Li*

Ind. Chem. Mater., 2023, 1, 106-116.

Article Highlights:

  1. Co-SA/3DOM-NC catalysts with a three-dimensional ordered macropore structure and highly dispersed CoN4sites are successfully fabricated, showing high mass transfer efficiency and high accessibility of active sites.
  2. This work represents the first example of macro-microporous MOF-derived single-atom catalysts (SACs) for biomass upgrading.
  3. Co-SA/3DOM-NC shows high activity in the oxidative esterification of furfural, significantly superior to the microporous and the Co-nanoparticle counterparts.


Author Insights

Professor Yingwei Li is the Dean of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at South China University of Technology and Executive Deputy Director at the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering. He earned his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Tsinghua University in 1998 and 2003, respectively, then engaged in postdoctoral research at the University of Calgary (Canada) and the University of Michigan (USA) from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he was recruited under the “Hundred Talents Program” to South China University of Technology. His research interests include metal-organic framework materials, catalytic chemistry, biomass resource utilization chemistry.

Professor Liyu Chen is a Professor and Ph.D. Supervisor at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology (SCUT). He completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at SCUT in 2017. He served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the AIST-Kyoto University Joint Laboratory in Japan from 2017 to 2020. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) materials, coupled with exploring electrocatalytic applications such as carbon dioxide conversion and water splitting.