Selective catalytic properties of new microporous cobalt metal-organic frameworks controlled by their structural topologies

Yu Han, Haitao Xu*, Xiaoxiao Wang, Yansong Li, Siyan Chen, Zhen liang Xu

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New metal-organic framework (MOF) materials 1Co [Co(AIA)(bpd)] and 2Co composed of cobalt salt, 5-aminoisophthalic acid (AIA), and 1,4-bis(4-pyridyl)-2,3-diaza-1,3-butadiene (bpd) are successfully synthesized by a temperature-controlled self-assembly reaction. 1Co exhibits a three-dimensional extended porous structure and oxidation catalytic property for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) (conversion 88%), and 2Co is a powder crystal and catalyzes the degradation of malachite green (MG) (conversion 71%). The assembling temperature of MOFs is shown to regulate structures to present not only high activity but also significant selectivity for the degradation of different dyes. Furthermore, microcrystals of 1Co and 2Co with different sizes and morphologies are obtained under various conditions. The results reveal that their catalytic activity for the degradation of organic dyes can be drastically affected by assembly conditions, especially the synthesis time and concentration of reactants. In addition, a detailed possible oxidation catalytic mechanism is proposed. The high flexibility of this strategy will certainly enhance new potential applications of micro/nano-MOFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( No. 21371058 ) and the Ministry of Education ( A200-C-1101 ). This work was supported in part by East China University of Science & Technology ( YA0157117 ) and the Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of the Ministry of Education (ECUST).

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© 2016 Elsevier B.V.


  • Crystal structure
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Microcrystals
  • Organic dyes
  • Selective catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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