Recently, increased attention has been focused on amorphous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and, more specifically, MOF glasses, the first new glass category discovered since the 1970s. In this work, we explore the fabrication of a compositional series of hybrid blends that combine ZIF-62(Zn) glass and an inorganic glass, 30Na2O-70P2O5, in an effort to combine the chemical versatility of the MOF glass with the mechanical properties of the inorganic glass. We investigate the interfacial interactions between the two components using pair distribution function analysis and solid state NMR spectroscopy, and suggest potential interactions between the two phases. Thermal analysis of the blend samples indicated that they were less thermally stable than the starting materials, and had a Tg shifted relative to the pristine materials. Annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), nanoindentation and 31P NMR all indicated close mixing of the two phases, suggesting that immiscible blends had formed.
Synthesis and characterisation of metal-organic framework-inorganic glass hybrid blends
09 May 2023, Version 1
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