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Metal Oxide Decorated Porous Carbons from Controlled Calcination of a Metal-Organic Framework

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submitted on 15.11.2019 and posted on 25.11.2019 by Gregory S. Day, Jialuo Li, Elizabeth A. Joseph, Peter Metz, Zachary Perry, Matthew R. Ryder, Katharine Page, Hong-Cai Zhou
Thermal decomposition of an iron-based MOF was conducted under controlled gas environments to understand the resulting porous carbon structure. Different phases and crystallite sizes of iron oxide are produced based on the specific gas species. In particular, air results in iron(III) oxide, and D2O and CO2 results in the mixed valent iron (II,III) oxide. Performing the carbonization under non-oxidative or reducing conditions (N2, He, H2) results in the formation of a mixture of both iron (II,III) oxide and iron (III) oxide. Based on in situ and air free handling experiments, it was observed that this is partially due to the formation of zero-valent iron metal that is rapidly oxidized when exposed to air. Neutron pair distribution function analysis provided insight into the effect of the gas environment on the local structure of the porous carbon, indicating a noticeable change in local order between the D2O and the N2 calcined samples.

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

rydermr@ornl.gov

Institution

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Country

United States

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-1363-8148

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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