Pengfei Ji†, Kuntal Manna†, Zekai Lin, Xuanyu Feng, Ania Urban, Yang Song, and Wenbin Lin*
We report here the synthesis of a robust and porous metal–organic framework (MOF), Zr12-TPDC, constructed from triphenyldicarboxylic acid (H2TPDC) and an unprecedented Zr12 secondary building unit (SBU): Zr12(μ3-O)8(μ3-OH)8(μ2-OH)6. The Zr12-SBU can be viewed as an inorganic node dimerized from two commonly observed Zr6 clusters via six μ2-OH groups. The metalation of Zr12-TPDC SBUs with CoCl2 followed by treatment with NaBEt3H afforded a highly active and reusable solid Zr12-TPDC-Co catalyst for the hydrogenation of nitroarenes, nitriles, and isocyanides to corresponding amines with excellent activity and selectivity. This work highlights the opportunity in designing novel MOF-supported single-site solid catalysts by tuning the electronic and steric properties of the SBUs.