Fast synthesis of MOF-5 microcrystals using sol-gel SiO 2 nanoparticles

Dario Buso*, Kate M. Nairn, Michele Gimona, Anita J. Hill, Paolo Falcaro

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The work reports on the synthesis of an archetypal metal organic framework (MOF-5) microcrystals with a narrow size distribution using SiO 2 nanoparticles with tailored surface chemistry as nucleating agents. The nanoparticles boost the reaction rate by up to an order of magnitude compared to the conventional MOF-5 solvothermal synthesis and can be successfully used as nucleation seeds for the selective growth of MOF-5 on specific substrates. These results are important fundamental advances toward the controlled scale-up of MOF synthesis and directed MOF growth on suitable supports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-934
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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