Functional Metal Organic Frameworks for Surface Organometallic Chemistry and Carbon Conversion

  • Zeynabou Thiam

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Abstract: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a class of highly porous, hybrid, functional and crystalline extended coordination compounds. Their exceptional properties renders them ideal for a wide range of applications including gas storage and catalysis. Especially for catalysis, MOFs are receiving attention as well-defined supports for organometallic heterogeneous catalysis with noticeably the post-synthetic grafting of transition metal complexes on secondary building units (SBU) containing hydroxides moieties. The objective of this dissertation is to explore the synthesis, reactivity and functionalization of MOFs with SBU containing hydroxides units by transition metal catalyst using the Surface Organometallic Chemistry (SOMC) approach. Chapter 1, gives an introduction to the field of MOF and their applications to catalysis through the functionalization of hydroxide containing SBUs. This chapter introduces also the SOMC strategy with an overview of its catalytic application for olefin metathesis and CO2 conversion. Chapter 2 and 3 give a detailed application of SOMC to MOFs with the selective grafting of the W(≡CtBu)(CH2tBu)3 complex on the highly crystalline and mesoporous Zr-NU-1000 MOF. The obtained single site material, Zr-Nu-1000-W, is fully characterized using state of the art experimental methods and all the steps leading to the final grafted moieties were identified by DFT. Zr-NU-1000-W is active for olefin metathesis and is further fine-tuned by activation with EtAlCl2 giving a more selective and stable catalyst. Moreover, the nature of the grafted species could be modulated by pre-activation of the initial W(≡CtBu)(CH2tBu)3 complex with dmpe giving W(≡CtBu)(=CHtBu)(CH2tBu)(dmpe) also grafted on Zr-NU-1000. Chapter 4 and 5, describe the deliberate design and bulk synthesis of a new zirconium MOF, Zr-she-MOF-2, and highlight the discovery of a new highly connected MOF, RE-urx-MOF-1, based on a careful combination of rare earth (RE) metals with heterobifunctional triangular tetrazolate-based ligand. Additionally, the replacement of the tetrazolate functionality by carboxylate, leads to the formation of a different MOF structure RE-gea-MOF-4 having the gea topology with the presence of 18-connected nonanuclear RE cluster. Both Zr-she-MOF-2 and RE-gea-MOF-4 are active for the coupling of epoxides with CO2 to form cyclic carbonate in the presence of Bu4NBr. Finally, Chapter 6 will discuss the conclusions and perspectives of this dissertation.
Date of AwardMay 2021
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorMohamed Eddaoudi (Supervisor)


  • Metal Organic Frameworks
  • Catalysis
  • Reticular Chemistry
  • Carbon Conversion
  • Functional Materials
  • Olefin Metathesis

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