Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 80 ›› Issue (1): 16-21.DOI: 10.6023/A21100467 Previous Articles     Next Articles



李玲玲a,b, 刘宇a,b, 宋术岩a,b,*(), 张洪杰a,b,c,*()   

  1. a中国科学院长春应用化学研究所 稀土资源利用国家重点实验室 长春130022
    b中国科学技术大学 应用化学与工程学院 合肥 230026
    c清华大学 化学系 北京 100084
  • 投稿日期:2021-10-20 发布日期:2021-12-06
  • 通讯作者: 宋术岩, 张洪杰
  • 作者简介:
  • 基金资助:
    项目受科技部重点研发计划(2020YFE0204500); 国家自然科学基金(21771173); 国家自然科学基金(22020102003); 国家自然科学基金(22025506)

Synthesis of Cu Single Atom with Adjustable Coordination Environment and Its Catalytic Hydrogenation Performance

Lingling Lia,b, Yu Liua,b, Shuyan Songa,b(), Hongjie Zhanga,b,c()   

  1. aState Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022, China
    bSchool of Applied Chemistry and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
    cDepartment of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • Received:2021-10-20 Published:2021-12-06
  • Contact: Shuyan Song, Hongjie Zhang
  • About author:
    Dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS.
  • Supported by:
    National Science and Technology Major Project(2020YFE0204500); National Natural Science Foundation of China(21771173); National Natural Science Foundation of China(22020102003); National Natural Science Foundation of China(22025506)

The synthesis of stable single-metal site catalysts with high catalytic activity and selectivity with a controllable coordination environment is still challenging. Due to the different electronegativity of different coordination atoms (N, P, S, etc.), adjusting the coordination atom type of the active metal center is an effective and wise strategy to break the symmetry of the electron density. We adopted a cation exchange strategy to synthesize two Cu single-atom catalytic materials with different coordination structures. This strategy can change the coordination environment of Cu single atom by changing the different organics wrapped around Cu-CdS. This strategy mainly relies on the anion skeleton of sulfide and the N-rich polymer shell to produce a large number of S and N defects during the high-temperature annealing process, and the precise synthesis of a single-metal Cu site catalyst material with rich edge S and N double modification. In these two materials, one single Cu atom has double coordination of sulfur (S) and nitrogen (N), and the other single Cu atom has only a single S coordination. The first shell coordination number of Cu central atom is 4, the structure of Cu-S/N-C is Cu-S1N3, and the structure of Cu-S-C is Cu-S4. The results show that the catalytic performance of Cu-S/N-C in the hydrogenation of nitrobenzene compounds is much better than that of Cu-S-C, that is, the Cu monoatomic materials with S and N double-modified metal sites has better hydrogenation activity than single S-modified metal sites. After 20 min of reaction, under the catalysis of Cu-S/N-C, the conversion rate of nitrobenzene reached 100%, and the activity did not decrease significantly after being recycled for 5 times. It shows that the Cu-S/N-C catalytic material with a single-atom structure we synthesized has good stability. This discovery not only provides a feasible method for adjusting the coordination environment of the central metal to improve the performance of single-atom catalytic materials, but also provides an understanding of the catalytic performance of heteroatom modification.

Key words: single-atom catalytic material, copper-doped carbon material, catalytic hydrogenation, heterogeneous catalysis