Intracrystalline diffusion in metal organic framework during heterogeneous catalisys: Influence of particle size on the activity of MIL-100 (Fe) for oxidation reaction

Autores UPV
Revista Dalton transactions


Three MIL-100 (Fe) samples differing in average crystal size (from 60-70 to >400 nm) have been synthesized by microwave heating using three HF/Fe 3+ ratios. Oxidation of diphenylmethane with tert-butylhydroperoxide (TBHP) and thiophenol with oxygen are catalyzed by three MIL-100 (Fe) samples with similar reaction rates regardless of its average particle size. In contrast, the activity of the three MIL-100 (Fe) samples for the oxidation of bulky triphenylmethane by TBHP largely depends on the average crystal size of the sample: the smaller the average particle size, the larger the initial reaction rate of triphenylmethane oxidation. These results show that diffusion limitation takes place on MOF catalysis depending on the substrate size and provides indirect evidence that these reactions take place inside the intracrystalline space of the porous catalysts. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.