Guest-induced structural deformation in Cu-based metal-organic framework upon hydrocarbon adsorption

Azahara Luna-Triguero*, Eduardo Andres-Garcia, Pedro Leo, Willy Rook, Freek Kapteijn

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In a world where capture and separation processes represent above 10% of global energy consumption, novel porous materials, such as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) used in adsorption-based processes are a promising alternative to dethrone the high-energy-demanding distillation. Shape and size tailor-made pores in combination with Lewis acidic sites can enhance the adsorbate-adsorbent interactions. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of adsorption is essential to designing and optimizing capture and separation processes. Herein, we analyze the adsorption behaviour of light hydrocarbons (methane, ethane, ethylene, propane, and propylene) in two synthesized copper-based MOFs, Cu-MOF-74 and URJC-1. The experimental and computational adsorption curves reveal a limited effect of the exposed metal centers on the olefins. The lower interaction Cu-olefin is also reflected in the calculated enthalpy of adsorption and binding geometries. Moreover, the diamond-shaped pores' deformation upon external stimuli is first reported in URJC-1. This phenomenon is highlighted as the key to understanding the adsorbent's responsive mechanisms and potential in future industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112699
Number of pages11
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Adsorption
  • Flexibility
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Open metal sites
  • Separation


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