MacDonald, John C.
Porous MOFs are crystalline solids permeated by channels that exhibit a high internal void volume and surface area with tunable properties that make them ideal for a range of applications. In the first part of this project, the synthesis of a cadmium-based MOF, 1-Cd, was investigated at room temperature resulting in a MOF with a crystal structure differing from the crystal structure of the cadmium-based MOF obtained previously in our group via hydrothermal synthesis. TGA experiments showed that this new MOF structure was able to reversibly absorb DMF as a guest molecule, indicating that the solid material is porous. In addition, the synthesis of two new ligands for use in MOF synthesis that incorporate macrocyclic crown ethers into the structure of the ligand are described.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry