Institute of Functional Interfaces

Mechanical properties of metal-organic frameworks: an indentation study on epitaxial thin films

  • chair:

    Bundschuh, S. / Kraft, O. / Arslan, H. / Gliemann, H. / Weidler, P. / Wöll, C. (2012)

  • place:

    Applied Physics Letters 10 (2012), 101

  • Date: 2012
  • Bundschuh, S. / Kraft, O. / Arslan, H. / Gliemann, H. / Weidler, P. / Wöll, C. (2012): „Mechanical properties of metal-organic frameworks: an indentation study on epitaxial thin films“. In: Applied Physics Letters 10 (2012), 101

Abstract

We have determined the hardness and Young's modulus of a highly porous metal-organic framework (MOF) using a standard nanoindentation technique. Despite the very low density of these films, 1.22 g cm−3, Young's modulus reaches values of almost 10 GPa for HKUST-1, demonstrating that this porous coordination polymer is substantially stiffer than normal polymers. This progress in characterizing mechanical properties of MOFs has been made possible by the use of high quality, oriented thin films grown using liquid phase epitaxy on modified Au substrates.

 

 

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