Mechanochemical and solvent-free assembly of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks

Krunoslav Užarević, Timothy C. Wang, Su Young Moon, Athena M. Fidelli, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha*, Tomislav Friščić

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We develop the first mechanochemical and solvent-free routes for zirconium metal-organic frameworks, making the frameworks UiO-66 and UiO-66-NH2 accessible on the gram scale without strong acids, high temperatures or excess reactants. The frameworks form either by milling, or spontaneous self-assembly by simply exposing solid mixtures of reactants to organic vapour. The generated frameworks exhibit high porosity and catalytic activity in the hydrolysis of model nerve agents, on par with their solvothermally generated counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2133-2136
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Catalysis


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