MOF positioning technology and device fabrication

Paolo Falcaro*, Raffaele Ricco, Cara M. Doherty, Kang Liang, Anita J. Hill, Mark J. Styles

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Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) offer the highest surface areas per gram of any known material. As such, they epitomise resource productivity in uses where specific surface area is critical, such as adsorption, storage, filtration and catalysis. However, the ability to control the position of MOFs is also crucial for their use in devices for applications such as sensing, delivery, sequestration, molecular transport, electronics, energy production, optics, bioreactors and catalysis. In this review we present the current technologies that enable the precise positioning of MOFs onto different platforms. Methods for permanent localisation, dynamic localisation, and spatial control of functional materials within MOF crystals are described. Finally, examples of devices in which the control of MOF position and functionalisation will play a major technological role are presented. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5513-5560
Number of pages48
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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