Copper(i)/(II)-redox triggered efficient and green rare-earth separation using a heterometallic metal-organic framework

Yue Qiao Hu, Tao Zhang, Mu Qing Li, Yanyan Wang, Zhiping Zheng, Yan Zhen Zheng

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A low-cost, highly efficient and green approach (free of ammonia) to enrich Nd from other rare-earth (RE) elements was reported by using a mixed Cu-RE metal-organic framework whose structure can selectively crystallize heavier RE elements during a one-pot reaction with isonicotnic acid, CuI and mixed RE sources, and release heavier RE elements via oxidation of the cuprous ions under ambient conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1254
Number of pages5
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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