Sorption and catalysis by robust microporous metalloporphyrin framework solids

Dennis W. Smithenry, Scott R. Wilson, Shirley Nakagaki, Kenneth S. Suslick

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Two isostructural metalloporphyrin framework solids have been synthesized. Both frameworks contains manganese(III) metal complexes of trans-dicarboxylateporphyrins whose peripheralcarboxylates coordinate the edges of tetrahedral Zn4O+6 clusters; the two metalloporphyrins explored are Mn(III) and Co(II). The cubic interpenetrated frameworks have 72% free volume and 4 × 7 Å averaged size pores. The evacuated frameworks are robust and retain a structure open to the sorption of substrates with medium polarity. The manganese porphyrin framework catalyzes the hydroxylation of cyclic and linear alkanes with iodosylbenzene as oxidant in a size-and polarity-selective manner. In addition, the catalysis was found to occur within the pores, making this a rare case of porphyrin framework solid with interior catalysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-869
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • framework solid
  • hydroxylation
  • metalloporphyrin
  • nanoporous
  • size selective catalysis
  • size selective sorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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