MacDonald, John C
U.S. Army Research Office
We are investigating the design of porous crystalline solids based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) composed of organic molecules and metal ions. MOFs represent a new class of functional materials that show fantastic potential for many applications that include gas storage, drug delivery, catalysis of organic reactions, and molecular separations. To date, research on MOFs has focused primarily on using dicarboxylic acids as the organic ligand. Consequently, there is a need to explore ligands other than dicarboxylic acids in an effort to develop new MOFs that exhibit porous behavior. Toward that goal, we have prepared and investigated a novel MOF utilizing 4-(imidazol-1-yl)benzoic acid and Cu(II) ions. Here we report the synthesis, structure and porous properties of this system.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry