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Selective CO2 and H2 adsorption in a chiral magnesium-based metal organic framework (Mg-MOF) with open metal sites

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Abstract

A rare porous magnesium-based metal–organic framework, Mg-MOF-1 [Mg(3,5-PDC)(H2O)], was synthesized solvothermally in DMF. Structural determination by X-ray single-crystal diffraction technique reveals that this chiral MOF (space group P6122) is constructed by helical assembly of Mg2+ ions with achiral 3,5-pyridine dicarboxylates and coordinating water molecules, to form a three-dimensional framework with parallel hexagonal channels. The structural detail of its 0D analogue Mg-MOF-2 [Mg(2,4-PDC)(H2O)3] has been discussed to show how subtle variation in the ligand architecture changes the resulting structure from 0D to 3D. Mg-MOF-1 remains robust and porous upon evacuation of the coordinating water molecules. This is the first report of a chiral hexagonal Mg-MOF synthesized from an achiral organic building unit. Open Mg metal sites show selective hydrogen (H2) adsorption (ca. 0.8 wt% at 77 K) and carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake (ca. 0.7 mmol g−1 at 298 K) over nitrogen at 1 atm. Ab initio quantum chemical calculation of adsorption energies and possible adsorption sites of hydrogen molecules are also reported.

Graphical abstract: Selective CO2 and H2 adsorption in a chiral magnesium-based metal organic framework (Mg-MOF) with open metal sites

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2010, accepted on 16 Jul 2010 and first published on 13 Sep 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01125H
J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 9073-9080

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    Selective CO2 and H2 adsorption in a chiral magnesium-based metal organic framework (Mg-MOF) with open metal sites

    A. Mallick, S. Saha, P. Pachfule, S. Roy and R. Banerjee, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 9073
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01125H

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