Harnessing Lewis acidic open metal sites of metal-organic frameworks: the foremost route to achieve highly selective benzene sorption over cyclohexane

Soumya Mukherjee, Biplab Manna, Aamod V. Desai, Yuefeng Yin, Rajamani Krishna, Ravichandar Babarao, Sujit K. Ghosh

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π-Complexation triggered Lewis acid-base interactions between open metal sites (OMS) of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and π-e- rich adsorptive benzene (Bz) is exploited to establish M-MOF-74 as the best Bz-selective MOF sorbent, marking the first report of utilizing OMS behind benzene/cyclohexane separation; a key advance from the energy-economy standpoint of industrial separation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8215-8218
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number53
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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