Metal-Organic Frameworks: Defects, Spectroscopy and Catalysis

PhD defense of Miguel Rivera Torrente

Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) materials consist of metal ions or clusters (usually transition metal ions in alkaline earth ions) bound to multidentate organic ligands that regularly create 3-D networks with micro (or meso) porous cavities. This means that they are often crystalline, although very recently disordered in amorphous MOF materials have also attracted attention. MOF materials have been the subject of extensive research over the past 30 years.

The fact that MOF materials are so porous has stimulated research in many fields of application, including (selective) adsorption and separations (both of liquids and gases), drug delivery or electrical conduction. Apart from these practical applications, one of the other possible application areas is catalysis. In this thesis we described advances in the materials known as HKUST-1 and MIL-100, their physico-chemical properties and how to tune them for specific applications.

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