Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles

Kang Liang*, Raffaele Ricco, Cara M. Doherty, Mark J. Styles, Paolo Falcaro

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Abstract

Biomimetic mineralization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) exploits the use of biomolecules to control MOF crystallization processes. Here, we investigate 20 natural amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles in aqueous solution. The morphology, size, and particle number of resultant MOF crystals were strongly dependent on the chemical nature of amino acid side chains that match closely the four classes of amino acids: nonpolar, polar neutral, polar negative and polar positive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4264-4267
Number of pages4
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume18
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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