Synthesis and characterization of an amino functionalized MIL-101(Al): Separation and catalytic properties

Pablo Serra-Crespo, Enrique V. Ramos-Fernandez, Jorge Gascon*, Freek Kapteijn

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A new MIL-101 material based on aluminum and containing amine functional groups has been synthesized. The pure phase NH2-MIL-101(Al) can only be formed in very specific synthesis conditions, where both the metal source and the solvent used play a key role. The resulting porous solid shows a high thermal and chemical stability, decomposing at temperatures above 650 K in air. The NH2-MIL-101(Al) framework offers an excellent trade off for separation of CO2: the combination of high stability, acceptable capacity at low adsorbate partial pressures, high selectivity, and fast regenerability makes this new material a very attractive candidate for applications like natural gas or biogas upgrading. CO2 capacities up to 62 wt % are obtained at room temperature and 3 MPa. In addition to an excellent separation performance, the NH2- MIL-101(Al) shows a high activity in the basic catalyzed Knoevenagel condensation of benzaldehyde with ethyl cyanoacetate at 313 K even in an as apolar a solvent as toluene (turn over frequency, TOF = 1.8 h1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2565-2572
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 24 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Amine
  • Catalysis
  • Co separation
  • Knoevenagel condensation
  • Metal organic framework
  • Mil-101(Al)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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