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Structure modulation from unstable to stable MOFs by regulating secondary N-donor ligands

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Four new Zn(II)/Cd(II)-based metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), namely {[Cd(tmdb)(bib)0.5]·solvents}n (YZ-7, YZ stands for the initials of the author Yong-Zheng Zhang), {[Cd(tmdb)(bmib)0.5]·solvents}n (YZ-8), {[Zn2(tmdb)2(bmib)]·solvents}n (YZ-9) and {[Zn2(tmdb)2(bmip)2]·solvents}n (YZ-10) have been solvothermally synthesized by using a semi-rigid ligand, 4,4′-(H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)methylene-dibenzoic acid (H2tmdb), and a series of secondary bis-imidazole ligands (bib = 1,4-bis(1H-imidazol-1-yl)benzene, bmib = 1,4-bis(2-methyl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)benzene, and bmip = 1,3-bis(2-methyl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)propane). By tuning the flexibility of the auxiliary ligands, these MOFs could be modulated from unstable (YZ-7–YZ-9) to stable (YZ-10) frameworks. Therefore, the gas adsorption properties of YZ-10 are further studied. Interestingly, it shows excellent CO2 selective uptake over CH4 and N2. At 298 K, both selectivities of CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 show increasing trends and significantly reach 133.2 and 19.9 at 1 atm, respectively. Also, YZ-10 shows uncommon H2 selective uptake over N2 at 77 K. Moreover, the luminescence properties of YZ-8–YZ-10 were studied in the solid state at room temperature.

Graphical abstract: Structure modulation from unstable to stable MOFs by regulating secondary N-donor ligands

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The article was received on 12 Jul 2018, accepted on 05 Sep 2018 and first published on 05 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02858C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article
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    Structure modulation from unstable to stable MOFs by regulating secondary N-donor ligands

    D. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Gao, H. Liu, H. Hu, L. Geng, X. Zhang and Y. Li, Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02858C

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