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A Fine-Tuned Metal–Organic Framework for Autonomous Indoor Moisture Control

A Fine-Tuned Metal–Organic Framework for Autonomous Indoor Moisture Control
Leonard J. Barbour, Aleksander Shkurenko, Karim Adil, Prashant M. Bhatt, Rasha G. AbdulHalim, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Youssef Belmabkhout
Conventional adsorbents, namely zeolites and silica gel, are often used to control humidity by adsorbing water; however, adsorbents capable of the dual functionality of humidification and dehumidification, offering the desired control of the moisture level at room temperature, have yet to be explored. Here we report Y-shp-MOF-5, a hybrid microporous highly connected rare-earth-based metal–organic framework (MOF), with dual functionality for moisture control within the recommended range of relative humidity (45%–65% RH) set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Y-shp-MOF-5 exhibits exceptional structural integrity, robustness, and unique humidity-control performance, as confirmed by the large number (thousand) of conducted water vapor adsorption–desorption cycles. The retained structural integrity and the mechanism of water sorption were corroborated using in situ single-crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD) studies. The resultant working water uptake of 0.45 g·g–1 is solely regulated by a simple adjustment of the relative humidity, positioning this hydrolytically stable MOF as a prospective adsorbent for humidity control in confined spaces, such as space shuttles, aircraft cabins, and air-conditioned buildings.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b04132

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04132

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