Study of the inorganic substitution in a functionalized UiO-66 metal–organic framework
In this study the band gap modulation was studied in response to inorganic ion substitution within a thermally stable UiO-66 metal–organic framework (MOF). A combination of density functional theory prediction in conjunction with experimental predictions were used to map out the complete composition space for three inorganic ions (Zr, Ti, Hf) and three functional groups. The three functional groups include an amino group (NH2), a nitro group (NO2), and a hydrogenated case (H). The smallest band gap that experimentally determined was for a partially substituted UiO-66(Ti5Zr1)-NH2 resulting in 2.60 eV. Theoretical results indicated that Ti can be fully substituted within the lattice resulting in a predicted band gap as low as 1.62 eV. Modulation was a result of a mid-gap state introduced through the amino functionalization and HOMO shifting as a result of increased binding of the Ti–O–C bonds.