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Mechanochemistry as a General Platform for the Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks

Professor: Phillip Milner

Project Description:
(Project is Closed) Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are emerging as a powerful class of crystalline, porous, organic-inorganic hybrid materials with applications ranging from hydrogen storage to drug delivery to catalysis. However, a recurring challenge for these materials is their synthesis on large scale. Recently, our group has found that mechanochemical grinding of the organic and inorganic precursors together with a small amount of liquid organic base allowed for the scalable synthesis of MOFs. We are hoping to expand the scope of this work to work universally for MOFs, as well as to understand the mechanism of MOF formation under these conditions. This project could lead to a universal strategy for the inexpensive synthesis of these materials. (This project is offered In-Person)

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