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Effect of Spatial Heterogeneity on the Unusual Uptake Behavior of Multivariate-Metal–Organic Frameworks

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posted on 2023-01-30, 06:43 authored by Soyeon Ko, UnJin Ryu, Hyunjin Park, Alejandro M. Fracaroli, WooYeon Moon, Kyung Min Choi
The uniqueness of multivariate metal–organic frameworks (MTV-MOFs) has been widely explored to discover their unknown opportunities. While mesoscopic apportionments have been studied, macroscopic heterogeneity and its spatial effects remain unexplored in MTV-MOFs. In this study, we investigated the effect of macroscopic heterogeneity on MTV-MOFs on their uptake behaviors by comparing three types of MTV-MOFs having the functional groups in inner, outer, or entire parts of crystals. Their adsorption behavior for carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) brought out that functional groups located in the outer part of the crystals dominantly influence the sorption behavior of MTV-MOFs. These results are also visualized by observing iodine adsorption in the three types of MTV-MOFs using scanning transmission electron microscopy–electron energy loss spectroscopy. We believe that this finding provides new ways to decipher and design MTV-MOFs for their unusual properties.

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