Volume 87 Issue 47 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 23, 2009

Modulating MOFs

A postsynthetic modification provides control over the flexible “breathing” behavior of pores in metal-organic frameworks
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: metal-organic frameworks, postsynthetic modification

By modifying amine groups in a metal-organic framework (MOF), Zhenqiang Wang and Seth M. Cohen of the University of California, San Diego, have shown that it’s possible to activate the “breathing” behavior of pores in the materials to selectively adsorb gases or other molecules. The finding marks the first time researchers have used a postsynthetic modification to trigger and control the flexibility of MOFs (J. Am. Chem. Soc., . . .

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