Post-synthetic modified MOF for Sonogashira cross-coupling and Knoevenagel condensation reactions

Chizoba I. Ezugwu, Bibimaryam Mousavi, Md Ali Asraf, Zhixiong Luo, Francis Verpoort

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A new heterogeneous NHC catalyst (1-Pd) was obtained by the post-synthetic modification of an azolium-containing metal-organic framework (1) which was synthesized by solvothermal reaction of 1,3-bis(4-carboxyphenyl)imidazolium chloride (H2L+Cl) and Zn(NO3)2·6H2O. This new material, 1-Pd, was characterized by PXRD, TGA, SEM, TEM, 1H and 13C NMR, FTIR and XPS measurements. This catalyst exhibited an excellent activity for both Sonogashira cross-coupling and Knoevenagel condensation reaction retaining its catalytic and uniform distribution of the active sites, palladium (II) anchored on N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC-Pd(II)), for at least four cycles without losing its structural integrity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-454
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Heterogeneous catalyst
  • Knoevenagel condensation reaction
  • MOF
  • Post-synthetic modification
  • Sonogashira cross-coupling reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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