MacDonald, John C
Army Research Office (grant #W911NF-05-1-0293)
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry