FMD3 scientists discovered a novel rare-earth fcu-MOF platform

Nature Middle East highlights the novel rare-earth fcu-MOF platform discovered by FMD3 scientists

6/2/2013
Schematics and sorption properties for the novel rare-earths fcu-MOF platform
 
Scientists from KAUST have discovered and developed a unique, efficient, inexpensive, and reusable metal-organic framework (MOF) platform, based on the 12-connected fcu topology. These MOFs are built from the assembly of 12-connected, hexanuclear rare-earth (RE) clusters with linear fluorinated/non fluorinated, homo/hetero-functional ligands. This particular fcu-MOF platform was selected because of its unique structural characteristics combined with the ability/potential to dictate and regulate its chemical properties.

In a paper published in The Journal Of The American Chemical Society (JACS) and highlighted in Nature Middle East, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Professor of Chemical Science and Associate Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center at KAUST, and his colleagues – an international group of multidisciplinary scientists, reveal and describe the unique properties of their novel fcu-MOF-platform through a systematic gas sorption study to evaluate/elucidate the effects of distinctive parameters on CO2−MOF sorption energetics. Their study supports the importance of the synergistic effect of exposed open metal sites and proximal highly localized charge density toward materials with enhanced CO2 sorption energetics.