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MOF Decomposition and Introduction of Repairable Defects Using a Photodegradable Strut

submitted on 12.09.2018, 23:17 and posted on 13.09.2018, 20:08 by Jingjing Yan, John MacDonald, Shawn Burdette
Utilizing a photolabile ligand as MOF strut can make a framework undergo full or partial decomposition upon irradiation. For the first time, a nitrophenylacetate derivative has been incorporated into MOF as a backbone linker via PLSE method. The photo-induced decarboxylation of the NPDAC-MOF represents a novel way of degrading a MOF, which provides an innovative approach to formulating photoresponsive porous materials with potential applications in molecular release and drug delivery. When photoactive linker is mixed with non-photolabile linker via partial PLSE, the MOF structure can be retained after irradiation, but with the introduction of multiple defects, offering a new method to create vacancies in MOFs. Defect repair can be achieved by treatment with replacement ligands, the scope of which is an interesting area for developing customizable MOF contents.


National Science Foundation grant CHE-0955361 & American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant 53977-ND3


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