Hydrogen adsorption on metal-organic framework MOF-177

Dipendu Saha, Shuguang Deng

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This review summarizes the recent literature on the synthesis, characterization, and adsorption properties of meal-organic framework MOF-177. MOF-177 is a porous crystalline material that consists of Zn4O tetrahedrons connected with benzene tribenzoate (BTB) ligands. It is an ideal adsorbent with an exceptionally high specific surface area (BET>4500 m2/g), a uniform micropore size distribution with a median pore diameter of 12.7 , a large pore volume (2.65 cm3/g), and very promising adsorption properties for hydrogen storage and other gas separation and purification applications. A hydrogen adsorption amount of 19.6 wt. on MOF-177 at 77 K and 100 bar was observed, and a CO2 uptake of 35 mmol/g on MOF-177 was measured at 45 bar and an ambient temperature. Other hydrogen properties (kinetics and heat of adsorption) along with adsorption of other gases including CO2, CO, CH4, and N2O on MOF-177 were also be discussed. It was observed in experiments that MOF-177 adsorbent tends to degrade or decompose when it is exposed to moisture. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the structure of MOF-177 remains intact at temperatures below 330°C under a flow of oxygen, but decomposes to zinc oxide at 420°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
JournalTsinghua Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • MOF-177
  • adsorption
  • hydrogen storage
  • metal-organic framework

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