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A Green, Solvent-Free Route to Functionalised Metal-Organic Frameworks with UiO-66 Topology

submitted on 19.07.2019, 14:59 and posted on 22.07.2019, 18:14 by Roberto D’Amato, Fabio Marmottini, Matthew J. McPherson, Marco Taddei, Ferdinando Costantino

We report a solvent-free procedure for the high-yield synthesis of metal-organic frameworks of UiO-66 topology starting from a range of commercial Zr(IV) precursors and various substituted dicarboxylic linkers. The syntheses are carried out by simply grinding the reagents in the presence of a small volume of acetic acid as modulator, followed by incubation at either room temperature or 120 °C. Use of a ball mill for the grinding step is demonstrated to enable facile scale up of the synthesis. High acidity of the linker is found to be a crucial factor in affording materials of quality comparable to that of products obtained in solvo- or hydrothermal conditions.


Fondo Ricerca di Base 2017. Progetto Dipartimento di Eccellenza AMIS. European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 663830 (M.T.), and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for funding through the First Grant scheme EP/R01910X/1 (M.T. and M.J.M.).


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