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Robust Aluminum and Iron Phosphinate Metal–Organic Frameworks for Efficient Removal of Bisphenol A

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posted on 10.04.2020, 14:13 by Daniel Bůžek, Soňa Ondrušová, Jan Hynek, Petr Kovář, Kamil Lang, Jan Rohlíček, Jan Demel
Porous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have excellent characteristics for the adsorptive removal of environmental pollutants. Herein, we introduce a new series of highly stable MOFs constructed using Fe3+ and Al3+ metal ions and bisphosphinate linkers. The isoreticular design leads to ICR-2, ICR-6, and ICR-7 MOFs with a honeycomb arrangement of linear pores, surface areas up to 1360 m2 g–1, and high solvothermal stabilities. In most cases, their sorption capacity is retained even after 24 h of reflux in water. The choice of the linkers allows for fine-tuning of the pore sizes and the chemical nature of the pores. This feature can be utilized for the optimization of host–guest interactions between molecules and the pore walls. Water pollution by various endocrine disrupting chemicals has been considered a global threat to public health. In this work, we prove that the chemical stability and hydrophobic nature of the synthesized series of MOFs result in the remarkable sorption properties of these materials for endocrine disruptor bisphenol A.