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Functional Metal Organic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts (MOFCAT) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 33335
Funded under: FP6-NMP


Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are novel organic-inorganic crystalline materials, which promise to become a powerful and flexible family for different industrial uses within catalysis, adsorption and sensor technology, overcoming many of the limitations of Zeolites, the porous crystalline solids which are conventionally used as catalysts: MOFs may display extreme porosity and surface areas, and their functionalities can be tailored by using functional precursors in their preparation or by post-functionalisation using standard techniques of organic- and organometallic chemistry. These features will be studied in the present project for the development of new heterogeneous catalysts and gas adsorbents. The project aims to 1) develop reproducible and scalable synthesis procedures for known and new MOFs, and also exploiting combinatorial techniques; 2) understand at the molecular level the interactions governing their stability, selfassembly and adsorption properties, by means of combined experimental and theoretical modelling efforts; 3) develop functionalisation routes to create MOF-based single-site catalysts for two emerging industrial processes; 4) exploit the functionalised MOFs as catalysts in two emerging industrial processes; 5) exploit Pt-functionalised MOFs as catalysts for C-H activation at moderate conditions; 6) exploit MOF materials for catalytic hydrodesulphurisation of oil; and 7) exploit selected MOFs as adsorbent or storage media for non-condensable gases (hydrogen and methane). The work packages of the project comprise the synthesis, characterisation, modelling, and testing of the materials, as well as a technology implementation plan for their production and use.

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