Effects of Pelletization Pressure on the Physical and Chemical Properties of the Metal-Organic Frameworks Cu3(BTC)2 and UiO-66
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The metal organic frameworks CuBTC and UiO-66 were pressed at 1000 and 10,000 psi as a first step to engineering particles for use in toxic chemical removal applications. Materials characterization was conducted on each material using powder X-ray diffraction, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and nitrogen porosimetry. Neither material showed signs of structural degradation during pressing. The CuBTC pressed materials show reduced porosity after pressing, while the UiO-66 surface area remained consistent for all pressed samples. Small-scale breakthrough testing was conducted with CuBTC against ammonia, which probes the reactive sites, and UiO-66 against octane, which probes physical adsorption capacity. Even with the decrease in surface area, the CuBTC materials had consistent ammonia removal capacities, while the UiO-66 pressed materials showed a slight decrease in octane loadings. Data indicate that pressing these MOFs into pellets without a binder is a viable approach to engineering particles in support of filtration and other applications.
- Inorganic Chemistry