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Enhanced Reactivity in Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), porous coordination networks with high storage capacities for gases and small molecules, have been thoroughly investigated for application in green technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen storage. Most examples of MOFs to date are prepared from petrochemically-derived organic ligands and metals that are often environmentally unsound. Recently, we have reported a series of biocompatible, non-toxic, renewable MOFs comprised of alkali metal salts and cyclodextrins (CDs). The wide variety of structures and functionalities of the so-called CD-MOFs, which are accessible as a consequence of the differing symmetries of the CDs and size of the alkali metal cations, will be discussed, with focus on enhancing guest binding within the nanoscale cavities inherent to porous solids.

This talk is part of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology occasional seminars series.

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