Fast synthesis of MOF-5 microcrystals using sol-gel SiO 2 nanoparticles

Dario Buso, Kate M. Nairn, Michele Gimona, Anita J. Hill, Paolo Falcaro

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Abstract

The work reports on the synthesis of an archetypal metal organic framework (MOF-5) microcrystals with a narrow size distribution using SiO 2 nanoparticles with tailored surface chemistry as nucleating agents. The nanoparticles boost the reaction rate by up to an order of magnitude compared to the conventional MOF-5 solvothermal synthesis and can be successfully used as nucleation seeds for the selective growth of MOF-5 on specific substrates. These results are important fundamental advances toward the controlled scale-up of MOF synthesis and directed MOF growth on suitable supports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-934
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Microcrystals
Sol-gels
Nanoparticles
Surface chemistry
Reaction rates
Seed
Nucleation
Metals
Substrates

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Fast synthesis of MOF-5 microcrystals using sol-gel SiO 2 nanoparticles. / Buso, Dario; Nairn, Kate M.; Gimona, Michele; Hill, Anita J.; Falcaro, Paolo.

In: Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 23, No. 4, 22.02.2011, p. 929-934.

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Buso, Dario ; Nairn, Kate M. ; Gimona, Michele ; Hill, Anita J. ; Falcaro, Paolo. / Fast synthesis of MOF-5 microcrystals using sol-gel SiO 2 nanoparticles. In: Chemistry of Materials. 2011 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 929-934.
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