Tailoring the Pore Size of Expanded Porphyrinoids for Lanthanide Selectivity

Malcomson, Thomas and Edwards-Yates, Lewis and Kerridge, Andrew (2023) Tailoring the Pore Size of Expanded Porphyrinoids for Lanthanide Selectivity. RSC Advances. ISSN 2046-2069 (In Press)

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Despite increase in demand, capacity for the recycling of rare earth elements remains limited, partly due to the inefficiencies with processes currently utilised in the separation of lanthanides. This study highlights the potential use of expanded porphyrin macrocycles in lanthanide separation through selective binding, dependent on the tailored pore size of the macrocycle. Each emerging trend is subjected to multi-factored analysis to decompose the underlying source. Results promote the viability of size-based separation with preferential binding of larger lanthanum(III) ions to amethyrin and isoamethyrin macrocycles, while smaller macrocycles such as pentaphyrin( present a preferential binding of lutetium(III) ions. Additionally, the porphyrin( macrocycle shows a selectivity for gadolinium(III) ions over both larger and smaller ions. An upper limit of applicable pore size is shown to be ≈ 2.8 Å, beyond which the formed complexes are predicted to be less stable than the corresponding nitrate complexes.

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18 Sep 2023 09:45
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