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Construction of a Multi-Cage-Based MOF with a Unique Network for Efficient CO2 Capture

Construction of a Multi-Cage-Based MOF with a Unique Network for Efficient CO2 Capture
Tong-Liang Hu, Rui Feng, Mei-Hui Yu, Xian-He Bu, Yi-Chen Yu, Ping Zhang, Zhao-Quan Yao
As a kind of MOFs, cage-based MOFs usually carry large voids and small windows, which are advantageous to the storage of small molecules that remain kinetically trapped inside the cages (confinement effect). By adjusting the size of windows via reticular synthesis, the cage-based MOFs can selectively capture and separate the suitable size molecules. Here, considering angle-directed and face-directed strategies, a novel multicage-based MOF NUM-3 with a new (3,4,5)-connected topology was successfully constructed in the mixed-ligands assembly. In the framework of NUM-3, there exist four different kinds of cages, which exhibit diverse polyhedral configurations. The four kinds of cages in the order ABCDDCBA as the minimum repeat unit form a 1D tortuous channel along the c axis. Based on the structure characteristics that the 1D channel exhibits different inner diameter (from 4.0 to13.0 Å), NUM-3a (actived NUM-3) can capture CO2 over C2H4 and C2H6 by the size selectivity (the empirical kinetic diameters: CO2 < C2H4 < C2H6). In addition, it also exhibits commendable selectivity for CO2 over N2 and CH4.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06491

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06491

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