Single-Crystalline UiO-67-Type Porous Network Stable to Boiling Water, Solvent Loss, and Oxidation

Yan Lung Wong, Ka Kit Yee, Yun Long Hou, Jiaqian Li, Zuankai Wang, Matthias Zeller, Allen D. Hunter, Zhengtao Xu

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With methylthio groups flanking the carboxyl groups, the 3,3′,5,5′-tetrakis(methylthio)biphenyl dicarboxylate (TMBPD) linker forms a zirconium(IV) carboxylate porous framework featuring the topology of the UiO-67 prototype, i.e., with a face-centered-cubic array of the Zr6O4(OH)4 clusters. Thioether functionalization proves valuable because the ZrTMBPD crystal is found to be exceptionally stable not only upon long-term exposure to air but also in boiling water and a broad range of pH conditions. The hydrophobicity of the metal-organic framework can also be tuned by simple H2O2 oxidation, as illustrated in the water contact-angle measurement of the pristine and H2O2-treated ZrTMBPD solid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6198-6201
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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