Locating Gases in Porous Materials: Cryogenic Loading of Fuel-Related Gases Into a Sc-based Metal-Organic Framework under Extreme Pressures

Jorge Sotelo, Christopher H. Woodall, Dave R. Allan, Eugene Gregoryanz, Ross T. Howie, Konstantin V. Kamenev, Michael R. Probert, Paul A. Wright, Stephen A. Moggach

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An alternative approach to loading metal organic frameworks with gas molecules at high (kbar) pressures is reported. The technique, which uses liquefied gases as pressure transmitting media within a diamond anvil cell along with a single-crystal of a porous metal-organic framework, is demonstrated to have considerable advantages over other gas-loading methods when investigating host-guest interactions. Specifically, loading the metal-organic framework Sc2BDC3 with liquefied CO2 at 2kbar reveals the presence of three adsorption sites, one previously unreported, and resolves previous inconsistencies between structural data and adsorption isotherms. A further study with supercritical CH4 at 3-25kbar demonstrates hyperfilling of the Sc2BDC3 and two high-pressure displacive and reversible phase transitions are induced as the filled MOF adapts to reduce the volume of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13332-13336
Number of pages5
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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