The amazing MOFs

The amazing MOFs

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are highly porous materials with well-defined, 3-D ordered structures.  As their numbers have grown, so has the realisation that these highly porous materials sometimes called crystal sponges have huge commercial potential. Amongst some of their applications are from gas storage and separation, catalysis, optics, antimicrobial dressings to fuel tanks in cars and many other fields due to their structural and functional tunability,

Many academics working in this field have developed strong links with industry or have spun-out companies in a quest to help the materials meet their potential.

Highly stable metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been under investigation for a long period because of the interest in the material sustainability for real world applications.

Nevertheless, synthesizing highly porous, chemically robust, and single crystalline MOFs have been extremely challenging.  In the Strem Chemiker published in 2016, we reported a novel robust porous Fe-MOF, PCN-250, prepared by kinetically tuned dimensional augmentation (KTDA) synthetic approach for the preparation of PCN-250. PCN-250(Fe2Co) shows high volumetric uptake of H2and CH4, and remains intact in water and aqueous solutions with a wide range of pH, which provides potential applications in gas storage for a variety of power systems and gas purification
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