Selective Removal of N-Heterocyclic Aromatic Contaminants from Fuels by Lewis Acidic Metal–Organic Frameworks

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  • Michael Maes,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
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  • Maarten Trekels,

    1. Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica and INPAC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)
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  • Mohammed Boulhout,

    1. CNRS, Lab Chim Provence, Madirel, Université Aix Marseille 1-3, UMR 6264, MATDIV Grp, Ctr St Jerome, 13397 Marseille 20 (France)
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  • Stijn Schouteden,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
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  • Frederik Vermoortele,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
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  • Dr. Luc Alaerts,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
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  • Dr. Daniela Heurtaux,

    1. Institut Lavoisier, UMR CNRS 8180, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cédex (France)
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  • You-Kyong Seo,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Research Institute of Technology (KRICT), P.O. Box 107, Sinseongno19, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, 305–600 (Korea)
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  • Dr. Young Kyu Hwang,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Research Institute of Technology (KRICT), P.O. Box 107, Sinseongno19, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, 305–600 (Korea)
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  • Dr. Jong-San Chang,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Research Institute of Technology (KRICT), P.O. Box 107, Sinseongno19, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, 305–600 (Korea)
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  • Dr. Isabelle Beurroies,

    1. CNRS, Lab Chim Provence, Madirel, Université Aix Marseille 1-3, UMR 6264, MATDIV Grp, Ctr St Jerome, 13397 Marseille 20 (France)
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  • Dr. Renaud Denoyel,

    1. CNRS, Lab Chim Provence, Madirel, Université Aix Marseille 1-3, UMR 6264, MATDIV Grp, Ctr St Jerome, 13397 Marseille 20 (France)
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  • Prof. Dr. Kristiaan Temst,

    1. Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica and INPAC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)
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  • Prof. Dr. Andre Vantomme,

    1. Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica and INPAC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)
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  • Dr. Patricia Horcajada,

    1. Institut Lavoisier, UMR CNRS 8180, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cédex (France)
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  • Prof. Dr. Christian Serre,

    1. Institut Lavoisier, UMR CNRS 8180, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cédex (France)
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  • Prof. Dr. Dirk E. De Vos

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
    • Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 16-321-998
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  • This work was performed as part of the FP7 project MACADEMIA funded by the European Union. KRICT researchers are grateful to KICOS (NRF) and ISTK for the financial support.

Abstract

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Bring in the cleaner! Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are able to separate nitrogen and sulfur contaminants from fuel, which may lead to the production of cleaner fuels (see picture; ppmw=parts per million by weight). The separation ability is shown to originate from the Lewis acidity of the metal sites in the MOFs.

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