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Dispersible Microporous Polymer Particles: A New Platform for Catalysis


Project Description

Microporous polymers are a class of organic porous material with high
surface areas (up to 5000 m2/g) and good thermal and chemical stability
which have been shown to be readily functionalised. However, these
materials are typically insoluble which limits their use to the solid state. The
recent report by the Dawson group of Dispersible Microporous Polymer
Particles has enabled these materials to form stable dispersions in a variety
of solvents. This project will develop novel functionalised microporous
polymer particles targeted towards their use as catalyst supports. Our
preliminary results have shown that the established methanol carbonylation
catalyst cis-[Rh(CO)2I2]- can be heterogenised via electrostatic interactions
on quaternised pyridine based microporous polymer particles. The supported
catalyst is active for methanol carbonylation and key steps of the catalytic
cycle have been demonstrated using in situ IR spectroscopy. This system
combines the advantages of both heterogeneous and homogeneous
catalysis. This proposal will investigate further the use of these materials in
catalysis, focussing particularly on recyclability and extension to a range of
other catalytic reactions.

You should be an enthusiastic student that has or expects to receive a 1st class or 2.1 MChem degree or equivalent.

Funding Notes

EPSRC funded project for further eligibility and funding criteria, please follow the below link:
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