Towards efficient polyoxometalate encapsulation in MIL-100(Cr): Influence of synthesis conditions

Jana Juan-Alcañiz*, Maarten Goesten, Enrique V. Ramos-Fernandez, Jorge Gascon, Freek Kapteijn

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The one-pot encapsulation of phosphotungstic acid in the metal-organic framework MIL-100(Cr) has been studied under different synthesis conditions. Both conventional and microwave heating methods have been explored for three different solvent systems: pure aqueous or organic (DMF) phase and biphasic mixtures (water/2-pentanol). Biphasic systems yielded crystals with similar textural properties as those formed in water. The use of DMF as solvent promotes the formation of gel-like solids with dual porosity and enhanced accessibility. The addition of phosphotungstic acid (PTA, H3PW12O 40.xH2O) to the MIL-100(Cr) synthesis mixture results in its direct encapsulation. 31P MAS NMR, elemental analysis, N 2 adsorption and FT-IR spectroscopy confirm the incorporation of PTA in the sample. The highest PTA encapsulation loading (30 wt%) was obtained by synthesis with microwave heating in biphasic solvent systems (W/Cr molar ratio range between 0.5 and 0.25). Microwave irradiation decreases the time of synthesis (from 4 days to 3 hours) while the use of biphasic media preserves the PTA integrity without affecting the formation of the MOF. The interaction of PTA with the MIL-100(Cr) structure results in some loss of the Lewis acidity, while the Bronsted acidity is hardly affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-987
Number of pages11
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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