Sustained Water Oxidation by a Catalyst Cage-Isolated in a Metal–Organic Framework


  • We thank Utah State University for a start-up fund and Sanjit Das (graduate student) for helping with IR spectra.


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Keep 'em separated: Pores of a MOF were used to isolate a highly reactive water-oxidation catalyst (MnIII(μ-O)2MnIV; spheres in picture). The resulting construct shows highly sustained water oxidation, with minimized intermolecular degradative side-reactions. This system provides a simple path to extend the lifetime of reactive catalysts without compromising their molecular definition and reactivity.