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Construction of a Polyhedral Metal–Organic Framework via a Flexible Octacarboxylate Ligand for Gas Adsorption and Separation

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posted on 2013-03-18, 00:00 authored by Zu-Jin Lin, Yuan-Biao Huang, Tian-Fu Liu, Xiang-Ying Li, Rong Cao
A flexible octacarboxylate ligand, tetrakis­[(3,5-dicarboxyphenyl)­oxamethyl]­methane (H8X), has been used to construct a highly porous metal–organic framework (In2X)­(Me2NH2)2(DMF)9(H2O)5 (1), which is comprised of octahedral and cuboctahedral cages and shows a rare (4,8)-connected scu topology. Gas adsorption studies of N2, H2 on the actived 1 at 77 K reveal a Langmuir surface area of 1707 m2 g–1, a BET surface area of 1555 m2 g–1, a total pore volume of 0.62 cm3 g–1, and a H2 uptake of 1.49 wt % at 1 bar and 3.05 wt % at 16 bar. CO2, CH4, and N2 adsorption studies at 195, 273, 285, and 298 K and also ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) calculations demonstrate that 1 has high selectivites of CO2 over CH4 and N2. The resulting framework represents a MOF with the highest gas uptakes and gas selectivities (CO2 over CH4 and N2) constructed by flexible ligands.