Chromatography in a single metal-organic framework (MOF) crystal

Shuangbing Han, Yanhu Wei, Cory Valente, István Lagzi, Jeremiah J. Gassensmith, Ali Coskun, J Fraser Stoddart, Bartosz A. Grzybowski

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Millimeter-sized single MOF-5 crystals are used as "chromatographic columns" to effectively separate mixtures of organic dyes. Remarkably, owing to the nanoscopic pore dimensions and the molecular-level interactions between the migrating molecules and the MOF scaffold, the separations occur over a distance of only a few hundred micrometers which is unambiguously confirmed by fluorescence confocal microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16358-16361
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 24 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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    Han, S., Wei, Y., Valente, C., Lagzi, I., Gassensmith, J. J., Coskun, A., Stoddart, J. F., & Grzybowski, B. A. (2010). Chromatography in a single metal-organic framework (MOF) crystal. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(46), 16358-16361.