Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and other nucleotides can be irreversibly bound to the metal-organic framework (MOF) MIL-101(Cr). Analysis of X-ray diffraction data suggests that the location of the adsorbed ATP molecule is in proximity of the Cr3 clusters. Solid-state NMR and DFT calculations indicate that ATP is bound to MIL-101(Cr) through linkages of the terminal phosphate group with Cr(III) of the framework. In the presence of Cu(II) ions, the MOF-supported nucleotides can function as stable and reusable enantioselective heterogeneous catalysts for reactions like Diels-Alder and Michael addition. Compared to the corresponding homogeneous nucleotide-based artificial metalloenzymes (ArMs), the MOF-supported nucleotide-based ArMs exhibit significantly enhanced activity and selectivity in certain cases, demonstrating their potential as a new class of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysts.
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