Ligand redox non-innocence in the stoichiometric oxidation of Mn 2(2,5-dioxidoterephthalate) (Mn-MOF-74)

Anthony F. Cozzolino, Carl K. Brozek, Ryan D. Palmer, Junko Yano, Minyuan Li, Mircea Dincai

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Unsaturated metal sites within the nodes of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be interrogated by redox reagents common to small molecule chemistry. We show, for the first time, that an analogue of the iconic M2(2,5- dioxidoterephthalate) (M2DOBDC, MOF-74) class of materials can be stoichiometrically oxidized by one electron per metal center. The reaction of Mn2DOBDC with C6H5ICl2 produces the oxidized material Cl2Mn2DOBDC, which retains crystallinity and porosity. Surprisingly, magnetic measurements, X-ray absorption, and infrared spectroscopic data indicate that the Mn ions maintain a formal oxidation state of +2, suggesting instead the oxidation of the DOBDC 4- ligand to the quinone DOBDC2-. These results describe the first example of ligand redox non-innocence in a MOF and a rare instance of stoichiometric electron transfer involving the metal nodes. The methods described herein offer a synthetic toolkit that will be of general use for further explorations of the redox reactivity of MOF nodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3334-3337
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 5 2014


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