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Locating Gases in Porous Materials: Cryogenic Loading of Fuel Related Gases Into a Sc-based Metal-Organic Framework under Extreme Pressures

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13332–13336
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number45
Early online date11 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015


An alternative approach to loading metal organic frameworks with gas molecules at high (kbar) pressures is reported. The technique, which uses liquefied gases as pressure transmitting media within a diamond anvil cell along with a single-crystal of a porous metal organic framework, is demonstrated to have considerable advantages over other gas-loading methods when investigating host-guest interactions. Specifically, loading the metal organic framework Sc2BDC3 with liquefied CO2 at 2 kbar reveals the presence of three adsorption sites, one previously unreported, and resolves previous inconsistencies between structural data and adsorption isotherms. A further study with supercritical CH4 at 3 – 25 kbar demonstrates hyperfilling of the Sc2BDC3 and two high pressure displacive and reversible phase transitions are induced as the filled MOF adapts to reduce the volume of the system.

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  • gas separation , high-pressure phases , metal–organic frameworks , structural science , X-ray crystallography

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