Metal-organic coordination polymers: Synthesis, structural characterization and applications as adsorptive materials

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  • 8 500,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2019

Project end date: 31/01/2020


Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are categorized as coordination polymers. They are an interesting group of usually crystalline materials that are intrinsically porous and have voids running through the structure. As the material forms during crystallization, the voids are first filled with solvent. If the solvent can be removed without collapsing the structure, it is possible to make active materials that have adsorptive properties. These materials are able to bind e.g. carbon dioxide, organic small molecules or metal ions. By choosing the right metal as a structural component, it is possible to furthermore tune the material properties, and MOFs containing e.g. lanthanoid metals may have luminescent, magnetic or catalytic properties, too. Crystalline polymeric materials are well suited to being studied with single crystal X-ray crystallography, which is a powerful tool to characterize materials structurally in the atomic scale.

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