A Fe-containing metal-organic framework, Fe-MOF-74, was solvothermally synthesized using FeCl2 · 4H2O and 2,5-di-hydroxy-1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid. Characterization was conducted by XRD, BET surface area measurement, FT-IR spectroscopy, TGA, and elemental
analysis, which confirmed successful preparation of Fe-MOF-74 having an identical framework structure to that reported for MOF-74. Fe-MOF-74 was found to be an effective heterogeneous catalyst for the hydroxylation of phenol using H2O2 as an oxidant; 60% phenol conversion
was achieved at 20 °C in water with 68 and 32% selectivity to catechol and hydroquinone, respectively. The effect of temperature, phenol/H2O2 mole ratio, catalyst quantity, and solvent on catalytic performance was discussed, and a reaction mechanism is proposed based
upon the experimental results.
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