Ultrafine Pd on a La Metal–Organic Framework for Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural via a Metal–Support Electronic Effect

Xu Zhao, Ying Wang, Zhouxiao Zhai, Changfu Zhuang, Di Tian, Hailing Guo*, Xiaoqin Zou*, Terence Xiaoteng Liu

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It is challenging to synthesize a stable ultrafine Pd catalyst with high selectivity and activity at low temperatures toward hydrogenation of furfural (FF). We report an approach of applying C═N and S–O entities in a highly stable La metal–organic framework (La-MOF) (LaQS) as the platform support that confines Pd nanoparticles (NPs) through coordination, resulting in a stable Pd/LaQS catalytic system. The catalytic conversion of FF into tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) using this catalyst can be done as simply as one-step hydrogenation at room temperature, with a high selectivity of >99% maintained even at 120 °C. The outstanding catalytic activity and selectivity are mainly attributed to the electronic effect of metal–support in Pd/LaQS, which produces electron-rich Pd and enhanced Lewis-acid LaQS. Especially, this electronic effect can be facilely tuned by the Pd loading in Pd/LaQS. On the one hand, electron-rich ultrafine Pd promotes the activation of H2 and improves the reaction activity. On the other hand, the acid-enhanced LaQS support not only promotes the activation of FF and improves its activity, but also the positive electricity of the LaQS support is conducive to the reactant adsorption and product desorption, thus improving the THFA selectivity. This work develops a stable LaQS support for the stabilization of ultrafine metal nanoparticles via the metal–support interaction for enhanced catalysis, which sheds light on the construction of efficient MOF-based catalysts for task-specific applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8315-8324
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Issue number10
Early online date9 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2023

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