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.
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