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Your Materials Matter

By: Joe Porwoll, Material Matters Volume 3 Article 1


Joe Porwoll, President
Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc.

Do you have a compound that you wish Sigma-Aldrich® could list to help materials research? If it is needed to accelerate your research, it matters—please send your suggestion to matsci@sial.com and we will be happy to give it careful consideration.

1,3,5-Tris(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene: (NEW) Building Block for Metal Organic Frameworks

Dr. Channing Ahn of the California Institute of Technology kindly suggested that we make 1,3,5-tris(4-carboxyphenyl) benzene (BTB) — a building block for Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). MOFs are a class of 3D-microporous materials with potential applications in adsorption and separation technologies.1–3 BTB can be used as a linker to make MOFs with very high surface area, such as MOF-177: a hydrogen absorbing material with an extremely high storage capacity of 7.5% at 77K.3

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References

  1. Kubas, G. J., Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 4152
  2. Walton, K. S.; Millward, A. R.; Dubbeldam, D.; Frost, H.; Low, J. J.; Yaghi, O. M.; Snurr, R. Q. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 406.
  3. Wong-Foy A. G., Matzger A.J., Yaghi O. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 3494.

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