Abstract by Emma Orcutt
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Characterization and kinetic study of bimetallic copper catalysts derived from metal organic frameworks
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have gained attention due to their high surface area, tunable functionality, high porosity, and ordered structure. These properties allow MOFs to be applied to catalysis, gas storage, material separation, drug design, chemical sensors, and carbon-supported nanomaterial production. MOFs are widely available, easily synthesized, and can readily be converted into porous carbon material with dispersed metal nanoparticles via thermolysis. Porous carbon-metal materials have shown promising catalytic activity and further studies have shown an increase in catalytic activity through the addition of a secondary metal, even as low as 1%. There is a current need in industry for non-toxic materials that can efficiently catalyze the reduction of toxic nitro-containing waste materials into less-dangerous and industrially applicable amino-compounds. Our work focuses on synthesizing the HKUST-1 MOF, thermally decomposing HKUST-1 using TNT, doping the decomposed HKUST-1 with a secondary metal, and testing the performance of the bimetallic catalysts on the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol.