Breathing effects of CO2 adsorption on a flexible 3D lanthanide metal-organic framework

Bin Mu, Feng Li, Yougui Huang, Krista S. Walton

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This work reports a new three-dimensional flexible lanthanide metal-organic framework [La(BTB)(H2O)·3DMF]n (BTB = 1,3,5-tris(4-carboxyphenyl) benzene) that possesses a rare chiral space group (P6522), very high thermal stability (560 °C), and high surface area (1014 m2 g-1). This new MOF demonstrates a large adsorption hysteresis loop on the N2 isotherm at 77 K after activation at 300 °C. Powder X-ray thermodiffraction experiments reveal that structural transformation occurs upon removal of guest molecules. The as-synthesized material is the "open" form, while the activated sample is "closed". Adsorption isotherms of CO2 exhibit a dramatic step near a relative pressure of 0.3, which is similar to the location of the step in the N2 isotherm at 77 K. Upon desorption, the material transforms to the closed form near a reduced pressure of 0.15, where it collapses back to the adsorption isotherm. Adsorption kinetic studies show that equilibrium is reached more slowly during the opening/closing steps compared to adsorption loadings measured on the static portion of the isotherm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10172-10178
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 28 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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