Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)

A novel method to measure diffusion coefficients in porous metal-organic frameworks

  • Autor:

    Zybaylo, O. / Shekhah, O. / Wang, H. / Tafipolsky, M. / Schmid, R. / Johannsmann, D. / Wöll, C. (2010)

  • Quelle:

    PhysChemChemPhys 12 (2010), 8092-8097

  • Datum: 2010
  • Zybaylo, O. / Shekhah, O. / Wang, H. / Tafipolsky, M. / Schmid, R. / Johannsmann, D. / Wöll, C. (2010): „A novel method to measure diffusion coefficients in porous metal-organic frameworks“. In: PhysChemChemPhys 12 (2010), 8092-8097


We present a novel method to determine diffusion constants of small molecules within highly porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The method is based on the recently proposed liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) process to grow MOF thin films (SURMOFs) on appropriately functionalized substrates, in particular on organic surfaces exposed by thiolate-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). By applying the LPE-method to SAM-coated quartz crystals, the time-dependence of the mass-uptake of the MOF when exposing it to a gas is measured by a quartz-crystal microbalance (QCM).

The homogenous nature of the SURMOFs together with their well-defined thickness allow to analyze the QCM-data using Fickian diffusion to yield the diffusion constant. We demonstrate the potential of this method for the case of pyridine diffusion within HKUST-1 (Cu(3)(BTC)(2)) MOF, for which the diffusion coefficient at room temperature is found to amount to 1.5 x 10(-19) m(2) s(-1). Assuming a Fickian diffusion and a hopping mechanism, we yield a binding energy of 0.78 eV of the pyridine to the Cu(2+) sites within the HKUST-1 MOF, a value in good agreement with the results of precise ab initio quantum chemistry calculations.



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