Metal-Organic-Framework mediated supported-cobalt catalysts in multiphase hydrogenation reactions

Xiaohui Sun

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

77 Downloads (Pure)


The production of most industrially important chemicals involves catalysis. Depending on the difference in phases between the catalysts and reactants, one distinguishes homogenous catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis, with the latter being more attractive in real applications, due to the easy separation of products from catalysts and reusing the latter. In spite of the research and development of heterogeneous catalysts for decades, the exploration for catalysts system with outstanding activity, stability and selectivity remains a challenging task. In general, most of the chemical reactions occur on the surface atoms of supported metal (oxide) nanoparticles. Therefore, to address this challenge, current studies generally focus on understanding the relation between the catalytic performance and catalyst properties by controlling the particle size and distribution, and even
the shape of supported nanoparticles, and the interaction between nanoparticles and support. In order to further contribute to this objective, in this thesis we applied metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) as a sacrificial precursor to produce catalysts for catalytic hydrogenation reactions, important routes for the production of a variety of fine and bulk chemicals in industry.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Kapteijn, F., Supervisor
  • Gascon, Jorge, Supervisor
Award date25 Oct 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-028-0808-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Metal-Organic-Framework mediated supported-cobalt catalysts in multiphase hydrogenation reactions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this