Templated Solvent-Free Powder Synthesis and MOF-CVD Films of the Ultramicroporous Metal-Organic Framework alpha-Magnesium Formate

Dmitry E. Kravchenko, Alexander John Cruz, Sabina Rodriguez-Hermida, Nathalie Wauteraerts, Tom Hauffman, Rob Ameloot

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Because of their molecular sieving properties, metal–organic frameworks have a high potential for application in gas storage, separation, and sensing. However, their real-world implementation will require robust and low-cost synthetic approaches. We herein report the solvent-free synthesis of ultramicroporous α-magnesium formate (α-MgFm) based on the solid–vapor reaction of magnesium oxide (MgO) and formic acid and establish the requirement for a structure-directing agent. Translated into a chemical vapor deposition protocol, this method enables the fabrication of high-quality, pinhole-free films of α-MgFm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10469-10475
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020

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