Joshua Borycz

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Porous heterogeneous catalysts play a pivotal role in the chemical industry. Herein a new Hf-based metal-organic framework (Hf-NU-1000) incorporating Hf6 clusters is reported. It demonstrates high catalytic efficiency for the activation of epoxides, facilitating the quantitative chemical fixation of CO2 into five-membered cyclic carbonates under ambient(More)
Enzymatic haem and non-haem high-valent iron-oxo species are known to activate strong C-H bonds, yet duplicating this reactivity in a synthetic system remains a formidable challenge. Although instability of the terminal iron-oxo moiety is perhaps the foremost obstacle, steric and electronic factors also limit the activity of previously reported mononuclear(More)
A structurally well-defined mesoporous Hf-based metal-organic framework (Hf-NU-1000) is employed as a well-defined scaffold for a highly electrophilic single-site d(0) Zr-benzyl catalytic center. This new material Hf-NU-1000-ZrBn is fully characterized by a variety of spectroscopic techniques and DFT computation. Hf-NU-1000-ZrBn is found to be a promising(More)
The catalytic properties of the metal-organic framework Fe2(dobdc), containing open Fe(II) sites, include hydroxylation of phenol by pure Fe2(dobdc) and hydroxylation of ethane by its magnesium-diluted analogue, Fe0.1Mg1.9(dobdc). In earlier work, the latter reaction was proposed to occur through a redox mechanism involving the generation of an iron(IV)-oxo(More)
The metal-organic framework Fe2(dobdc) (dobdc(4-) = 2,5-dioxido-1,4-benzenedicarboxylate), often referred to as Fe-MOF-74, possesses many interesting properties such as a high selectivity in olefin/paraffin separations. This compound contains open-shell Fe(II) ions with open coordination sites which may have large single-ion magnetic anisotropies, as well(More)
Adsorption isotherms for CO2 have been computed for the synthesized metalorganic framework (MOF) Fe2(dobdc), where dobdc = 2,5-dioxido-1,4benzenedicarboxylate. CASPT2 calculations were performed on a cluster of Fe-MOF-74 [1] interacting with CO2 to parameterize a force field for CO2 adsorption. GrandCanonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were used to(More)
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) constructed from Zr6-based nodes have recently received considerable attention given their exceptional thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability. Because of this, the structural diversity of Zr6-based MOFs has expanded considerably and in turn given rise to difficulty in their precise characterization. In particular it has(More)
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) provide convenient systems for organizing high concentrations of single catalytic sites derived from metallic or oxo-metallic nodes. However, high-temperature processes cause agglomeration of these nodes, so that the single-site character and catalytic activity are lost. In this work, we present a simple nanocasting approach(More)
Postsynthetic functionalization of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) enables the controlled, high-density incorporation of new atoms on a crystallographically precise framework. Leveraging the broad palette of known atomic layer deposition (ALD) chemistries, ALD in MOFs (AIM) is one such targeted approach to construct diverse, highly functional, fewatom(More)
Carbon dioxide adsorption isotherms have been computed for the Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Fe2(dobdc), where dobdc4− = 2,5-dioxido-1,4-benzenedicarboxylate. A force field derived from quantummechanical calculations has been used to model adsorption isotherms within a MOF based on a parameterization scheme. Restricted Open-shell Møller-Plesset second-order(More)