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Increasing alkyl chain length in a series of layered metal–organic frameworks aids ultrasonic exfoliation to form nanosheets

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01128 DOI Help

Authors: David J. Ashworth (University of Sheffield) , Thomas M. Roseveare (University of Sheffield) , Andreas Schneemann (Technische Universität München) , Max Flint (University of Sheffield) , Irene Dominguez Bernáldes (University of Sheffield) , Pia Vervoorts (Technische Universität München) , Roland A. Fischer (Technische Universität München) , Lee Brammer (University of Sheffield) , Jonathan A. Foster (University of Sheffield)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Inorganic Chemistry

State: Published (Approved)
Published: August 2019

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Abstract: Metal–organic framework nanosheets (MONs) are attracting increasing attention as a diverse class of two-dimensional materials derived from metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). The principles behind the design of layered MOFs that can readily be exfoliated to form nanosheets, however, remain poorly understood. Here we systematically investigate an isoreticular series of layered MOFs functionalized with alkoxy substituents in order to understand the effect of substituent alkyl chain length on the structure and properties of the resulting nanosheets. A series of 2,5-alkoxybenzene-1,4-dicarboxylate ligands (O2CC6H2(OR)2CO2, R = methyl–pentyl, 1–5, respectively) was used to synthesize copper paddle-wheel MOFs. Rietveld and Pawley fitting of powder diffraction patterns for compounds Cu(3–5)(DMF) showed they adopt an isoreticular series with two-dimensional connectivity in which the interlayer distance increases from 8.68 Å (R = propyl) to 10.03 Å (R = pentyl). Adsorption of CO2 by the MOFs was found to increase from 27.2 to 40.2 cm3 g–1 with increasing chain length, which we attribute to the increasing accessible volume associated with increasing unit-cell volume. Ultrasound was used to exfoliate the layered MOFs to form MONs, with shorter alkyl chains resulting in higher concentrations of exfoliated material in suspension. The average height of MONs was investigated by AFM and found to decrease from 35 ± 26 to 20 ± 12 nm with increasing chain length, with the thinnest MONs observed being only 5 nm, corresponding to five framework layers. These results indicate that careful choice of ligand functionalities can be used to tune nanosheet structure and properties, enabling optimization for a variety of applications.

Journal Keywords: Two dimensional materials; Metal organic frameworks; Physical and chemical processes; Alkyls; Exfoliation

Diamond Keywords: Gas Separation

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: I11-High Resolution Powder Diffraction

Added On: 12/08/2019 14:38


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Chemistry Materials Science Metal-Organic Frameworks Metallurgy Organometallic Chemistry

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Diffraction X-ray Powder Diffraction