Catalysis Surveys from Asia

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 223–235 | Cite as

Advancements in the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Cyclic Carbonates Using Metal Organic Frameworks as Catalysts

  • Amal Cherian Kathalikkattil
  • Robin Babu
  • Jose Tharun
  • Roshith Roshan
  • Dae-Won ParkEmail author


Global warming has begun to show its impact on the environment, and it is time to take steps to manage CO2 emissions, so as to regain the balance of carbon cycle. In addition to various capture and sequestration techniques, conversion of CO2 to value added products is high relevant. However, the inertness of CO2 makes catalysts an indispensable part of the process. CO2 undergoes cycloaddition with epoxides to produce cyclic carbonates, which have utility in various applications. Considering the necessity for heterogeneity and activity under ambient conditions, metal organic framework (MOF) catalysts have recently emerged as prospective candidates for cyclic carbonate synthesis. These porous hybrid inorganic–organic crystals are also excellent materials for gas storage and separation, including CO2 gas. Thus, MOFs could efficiently capture CO2 and catalytically convert them to cyclic carbonates. In this review, we discuss the recent advancements in the design of MOF catalysts for cyclic carbonate synthesis.


Carbon dioxide Epoxide Cyclic carbonate Metal organic framework Heterogeneous catalysis 



This work was supported by Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM 2014043321) and Basic Research Program (2014-2055412) through the National Research Foundation of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amal Cherian Kathalikkattil
    • 1
  • Robin Babu
    • 1
  • Jose Tharun
    • 1
  • Roshith Roshan
    • 1
  • Dae-Won Park
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringPusan National UniversityBusanKorea

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