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Incorporating metal organic frameworks within microstructured optical fibers toward scalable photoreactors

DOI: 10.1002/adom.202001421 DOI Help

Authors: Matthew Potter (University of Southampton) , Daniel J. Stewart (University of Southampton) , Konstantin Ignatyev (Diamond Light Source) , Tom Bradley (University of Southampton) , Pier J. A. Sazio (University of Southampton) , Robert Raja (University of Southampton)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Advanced Optical Materials

State: Published (Approved)
Published: December 2020

Abstract: Optical fiber technology has revolutionized the telecommunications industry, though is still under‐utilized in chemistry. Optical fibers open many avenues for introducing, and containing, light in chemical reactions, as part of a photoreactor. This work shows, for the first time, a design strategy for incorporating a photocatalytic, nanoporous framework (Co ZIF‐67) within the internal capillaries of an optical fiber, in doing so creating an all‐in‐one, plug‐in‐and‐play photoreactor. This system improves the reactivity of the photocatalyst, relative to the powdered form, for C-H activation leading to C-C bond formation, a significant process in pharmaceutical and organic synthesis. Performing this reaction using solar energy, and low temperature demonstrates the clear potential for these systems for large scale industrial applications.

Journal Keywords: cross‐dehydrogenative coupling reaction; microstructured optical fibers; metal organic frameworks; photocatalysis; photoreactor; porous materials; sustainable technology

Subject Areas: Materials, Chemistry

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