Covalent organic framework-based catalysts for efficient CO2 utilization reactions

Jintu Francis Kurisingal, Hyojin Kim, Jong Hyeak Choe, Chang Seop Hong

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Anthropogenic CO2 emissions threaten the synergy between human society and the natural environment. To mitigate CO2 emissions, several CO2 utilization techniques have been proposed. Covalent organic frameworks (COFs), a promising class of porous crystalline materials, have been extensively explored for efficient CO2 utilization owing to their unique features. In particular, well-designed COFs with diverse active sites provide great opportunities to realize CO2 conversion. Herein, we review recent progresses in the design, synthesis, and catalytic mechanisms of COF-based functional materials for CO2 utilization reactions such as photo/electrocatalytic CO2 reduction, cycloaddition, carboxylation, and hydrogenation. We thoroughly evaluate and discuss photocatalytic CO2 reduction reactions using pristine and metalated COFs; CO2 electroreduction and carboxylation reactions using different metal-based COFs; and CO2 cycloaddition reactions using non-metalated, metalated, and ionic liquid-functionalized COFs. Finally, the challenges and prospects of CO2 utilization using COF-based catalysts are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214835
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (NRF-2021R1A2B5B03086313) and the Priority Research Centers Program (NRF-2019R1A6A1A11044070).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier B.V.


  • CO cycloaddition
  • CO utilization
  • Carboxylation
  • Covalent organic frameworks
  • Hydrogenation
  • photo/electrocatalytic CO reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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