MacDonald, John C.
Establishing a reliable method to trap guests within MOFs is necessary to develop MOFs as materials for molecular storage and delivery. Toward that goal, the work in this project focused in three areas: (1) synthesis of a porous MOF and characterization of its structure and porosity, (2) characterization of the sorption-desorption behavior of two organic guest compounds by the unsealed MOF, and (3) investigation of the ability of sterically demanding trapping agents to bind to the surface of MOF particles and inhibit diffusion of guests out of the MOF. This work demonstrated that chemically bonding a bulky, sterically-demanding monocarboxylic acid or amine to the surface of MOF crystals is an effective approach for trapping guests within MOFs.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry