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Direct in Situ Crystallographic Visualization of a Dual Mechanism for the Uptake of CO2 Gas by a Flexible Metal–Organic Framework

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posted on 2019-06-10, 17:36 authored by Phumile Sikiti, Charl X. Bezuidenhout, Dewald P. van Heerden, Leonard J. Barbour
We report a flexible metal–organic framework, [Co2(OBA)2(BPMP)]n (COB), with a new network topology. COB displays structural flexibility under CO2 gas pressure at 298 K, and the resultant porous phases have been characterized by in situ X-ray diffraction analysis. We show that activation yields a framework with discrete voids and substantial reduction in guest-accessible volume. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis under controlled CO2 pressure shows that COB exhibits a breathing mode of flexibility, combined with an overall swelling of the framework. This combination of mechanisms is highly unusual.