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Halogen-2H2 binding in ultramicroporous MOFs for benchmark C2H2/CO2 separation selectivity

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posted on 2020-04-02, 08:10 authored by Soumya Mukherjee, Yonghe He, Douglas M. Franz, Shi-Qiang Wang, Wan-Ru Xian, Andrey A. Bezrukov, Brian Space, Zhengtao Xu, Jun He, Michael J. Zaworotko
Acetylene (C2H2) capture is a step in a number of industrial processes but comes with a high energy footprint. Whereas physisorbents have the potential to reduce this energy footprint, they are handicapped by generally poor selectivity vs. other relevant gases such as CO2 and C2H4. In the case of CO2, the respective physicochemical properties are so similar that traditional physisorbents such as zeolites, silica and activated carbons cannot differentiate well between CO2 and C2H2. Herein we report that a family of three isostructural, ultramicroporous (< 7 Å) diamondoid metal-organic frameworks, [Cu(TMBP)X] (TMBP = 3,3',5,5'tetramethyl-4,4'-bipyrazole), TCuX (X = Cl, Br, I), offer new benchmark C2H2/CO2 separation selectivity at ambient temperature and pressure. We attribute this performance to a new type of strong binding site for C2H2. Specifically, halogen…HC interactions coupled with other noncovalent in a tight binding site is C2H2-specific vs. CO2. The binding site is distinct from those found in previous benchmark sorbents, which are based upon open metal sites or electrostatic interactions enabled by inorganic fluoro or oxo anions.


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Chemistry A European Journal; 26 (22), pp. 4923-4929


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SFI, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science Foundation, Research Computing at the University of South Florida


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Halogen-2H2 binding in ultramicroporous MOFs for benchmark C2H2/CO2 separation selectivity,2020 Chemistry A European Journal which has been published in final form at . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.



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