Taming defective porous materials for robust and selective heterogeneous catalysis

Precise engineering of defects transforms metal-organic frameworks into selective heterogeneous catalysts for ethylene dimerization without activators or solvent. Computational mechanistic studies shed light into the nature of the active sites and its role in promoting selectivity.Condensation of reactant molecules within the pores of the material significantly improves the catalyst stability.
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