Faculty Advisor

MacDonald, John C

Abstract

We are investigating methods to prepare porous crystalline solids based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) composed of organic molecules and metal ions. MOFs are new functional materials that are now being used in a range of applications that include storage of gases (e.g., hydrogen), delivery of drugs, catalysis of organic reactions, and molecular separations. Toward this goal, we are investigating using solid-state synthesis to synthesize MOFs by grinding organic ligands and transition metal salts together in the absence of solvents. Here we report the attempts at room temperature and hydrothermal synthesis along with the successful solid-state synthesis and characterization of a MOF composed of urocanic acid (3-(3H-imidazol-4-yl)prop-2-enoic acid) and copper (II) nitrate.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Chemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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