† Department of Chemistry, and ‡ School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) , ...
Exploration of Gate-Opening and Breathing Phenomena in a Tailored Flexible Metal-Organic Framework.
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Inorganic chemistry, ISSN: 1520-510X, Vol: 55, Issue: 4, Page: 1920-5
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- Chemistry; POROUS COORDINATION-POLYMER; GAS-ADSORPTION; SINGLE-CRYSTAL; CARBON-DIOXIDE; CO2 ADSORPTION; SELECTIVE ADSORPTION; GUEST MOLECULES; MIL-53; TRANSFORMATION; SIMULATIONS
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Flexible metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) show the structural transition phenomena, gate opening and breathing, upon the input of external stimuli. These phenomena have significant implications in their adsorptive applications. In this work, we demonstrate the direct capture of these gate-opening and breathing phenomena, triggered by CO2 molecules, in a well-designed flexible MOF composed of rotational sites and molecular gates. Combining X-ray single crystallographic data of a flexible MOF during gate opening/closing and breathing with in situ X-ray powder diffraction results uncovered the origin of this flexibility. Furthermore, computational studies revealed the specific sites required to open these gates by interaction with CO2 molecules.