Open Metal Sites in MOFs: Applications in Gas Sorption & Catalysis
09:30 - 10:00
Level 0, between bld. 4 and 5
The metal nodes of metal-organic frameworks are electronically isolated from their neighbors. They thus behave as molecular units, and display molecular reactivity. They are, however, also site-isolated, which makes them ideal for mimicking enzymatic reactivity and engendering cooperative adsorption functions. When these properties are engineered in water-stable materials, the resulting MOFs can be used to adsorb water, ammonia, and other corrosive gases that many other materials struggle with. This presentation will discuss results on water and ammonia sorption in the context of water recovery and heat pumps, as well as novel applications of MOFs in industrially-relevant catalytic processes, as enabled by cation exchange, a mild and rational method to introduce catalytic centers at MOF nodes.