Tuning Size and Properties of Zinc Ascorbate Metal-Organic Framework via Acid Modulation

Molecules. 2022 Dec 28;28(1):253. doi: 10.3390/molecules28010253.


One of the biggest advantages of MOFs is the possibility of modifying their properties and tuning their inherent activity (i.e., sorption, storage, catalytic activity etc.). Textural properties can be tuned by manipulating process and compositional parameters, among which, the effect of additives can be even further distinguished among them based on the way they affect these properties. Beyond the effect that additives have on the size and morphology of nanoMOFs, there is also an effect on properties via creating point defects-missing linker and missing node defects. In this study, we investigated the effect of four monotopic acid modulators-formic, acetic, dichloroacetic and propionic acid, their concentration and the heating type (conventional and microwave-MW) on the size, morphology and textural properties of a recently discovered bioNICS1. It was confirmed that the proposed seesaw model for the controlled size of nanoMOF crystals is less applicable in the case of MW-assisted synthesis, in comparison to conventional heating. In the case of formic acid- and propionic acid-modified materials, we demonstrated that the type of additive plays a different role in crystal growth and generation of defects, implying high tunability being crucial for a material’s structure-property performance optimization.

PMID:36615446 | PMC:PMC9822160 | DOI:10.3390/molecules28010253


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