Pore Structure Compartmentalization for Advanced Characterization of Metal-Organic Framework Materials

22 November 2023, Version 2
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are nanoporous crystals which are widely used as selective adsorbents, separation membranes, catalysts, gas and energy storage media, and drug delivery vehicles. The unique adsorption and transport properties of MOFs are determined by their complex three-dimensional (3D) networks of pores, cages, and channels, that differ in size, shape, and chemical composition. While the morphological structure of MOF crystals is known, practical MOF materials are rarely ideal crystals. They contain secondary phases, binders, residual chemicals, and various types of defects. It is of paramount importance to evaluate the degree of crystallinity and accessibility of different pore compartments to adsorbing guest molecules. To this end, we recently suggested the method of fingerprint isotherms based on the comparison of the experimentally measured adsorption isotherms and theoretical isotherms on ideal MOF crystals produced by Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and decomposed with respect to different pore compartments. In this work, we develop an automated algorithm of pore network compartmentalization that is a prerequisite for calculations of the fingerprint isotherms. The proposed algorithm partitions the unit cell into realistically shaped compartments based on the geometric pore size distribution. The proposed method is demonstrated on several characteristic systems, including Cu-BTC, IRMOF-1, UiO-66, PCN-224, and ZIF-412 and 56 structures from the CoRE MOF database.


Monte Carlo
pore structure characterization
Metal-Organic Framework

Supplementary materials

Supporting information
Supporting Information with GCMC simulations parameters, application of the algorithm on MOFs from CoRE MOF database.


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