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Rui Zhang, Tingting Zhou, Lili Wang, Tong Zhang
High sensitive and stable gas sensors have attracted much attention because they are the key to innovations in the fields of environment, health, energy savings and security, etc. Sensing materials, which influence the practical sensing performance, are the crucial parts for gas sensors. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are considered as alluring sensing materials for gas sensors due to the possession of high specific surface area, unique morphology, abundant metal sites and functional linkers. Herein, four kinds of porous hierarchical Co3O4 structures have been selectively controlled by optimizing the thermal decomposition (temperature, rate and atmosphere) using ZIF-67 as precursor that was obtained from coprecipitation method with the co-assistant of cobalt salt and 2-methylimidazole in the solution of methanol...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Víctor Rubio-Giménez, Marta Galbiati, Javier Castells-Gil, Neyvis Almora-Barrios, José Navarro-Sánchez, Garin Escorcia-Ariza, Michele Mattera, Thomas Arnold, Jonathan Rawle, Sergio Tatay, Eugenio Coronado, Carlos Martí-Gastaldo
Though generally considered insulating, recent progress on the discovery of conductive porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) offers new opportunities for their integration as electroactive components in electronic devices. Compared to classical semiconductors, these metal-organic hybrids combine the crystallinity of inorganic materials with easier chemical functionalization and processability. Still, future development depends on the ability to produce high-quality films with fine control over their orientation, crystallinity, homogeneity, and thickness...
January 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Xiaomin Jia, Zhiyuan Yang, Yujun Wang, Ya Chen, Haitao Yuan, Heyin Chen, Xiaoxiang Xu, Xueqing Gao, Zuozhong Liang, Yu Sun, Jian-Rong Li, Haoquan Zheng, Rui Cao
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a new type of porous crystalline materials, have great potential in biomedical applications, such as drug delivery. However, the efficacy of drug delivery is limited by the low loading of drugs. We have synthesized hollow mesoporous silica (HMS)@MOF capsule that can be used as pH-responsive drug delivery system for anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). DOX is loaded into the inner cavity of HMS.Then, zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles are coated on the outer surface of DOX loaded HMS...
January 16, 2018: ChemMedChem
Xiaogang Yang, Xianqing Lin, Yong Sheng Zhao, Dongpeng Yan
Micro- and nanometer-sized metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) materials have attracted great attention due to their unique properties and various potential applications in photonics, electronics, high-density storage, chemo-, and biosensors. The study of these materials supplies insight into how the crystal structure, molecular components, and micro-/nanoscale effects can influence the performance of inorganic-organic hybrid materials. In this Minireview article, we introduce recent breakthroughs in the controlled synthesis of MOF micro-/nanomaterials with specific structures and compositions, the tunable photonic and electronic properties of which would provide a novel platform for multifunctional applications...
January 16, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Xiao-He Ji, Ning-Ning Zhu, Jian-Gong Ma, Peng Cheng
The Co(ii) metal-organic framework (MOF) {[Co(μ3-L)(H2O)]·0.5H2O}n (1, H2L = thiazolidine 2,4-dicarboxylic acid) with rich Lewis acid sites was used as a catalyst for the conversion of CO2 and propylene oxide into propylene carbonate with a yield of up to 98% under 50 °C and 1 atm. 1 exhibited excellent reusability, which could be regenerated easily for at least five runs without a decrease in the yield. Importantly, we synthesized two types of nano-crystals (N1 and N2) of 1 with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactants, respectively, and investigated their catalytic properties in comparison with that of 1 in the powder phase...
January 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Xue Ma, Xiaohua Zhou, Ajuan Yu, Wuduo Zhao, Wenfen Zhang, Shusheng Zhang, Linlin Wei, Debra J Cook, Anirban Roy
The facile preparation, characterization and application of a novel magnetic graphene oxide- metal organic framework [Zn2(d-Cam)2(4, 4'-bpy)]n (MGO-ZnCB) as a sorbent for fast, simple and enantioselective capture of chiral drug intermediates are presented in this paper. The MGO-ZnCB nanocomposite, developed by encapsulating MGO nanoparticles into the homochiral metal organic framework of ZnCB, can integrate the advantages from each component endowing the hybrids with improved synergystic effects. The enantioselective performance of MGO-ZnCB was evaluated by dispersive magnetic nanoparticle solid phase extraction (d-MNSPE) of 1, 1'-bi-2-naphthol (BN) and 2, 2'-furoin (Furoin) racemic solutions...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Congzhou Wang, Lu Wang, Sirimuvva Tadepalli, Jeremiah J Morrissey, Evan D Kharasch, Rajesh R Naik, Srikanth Singamaneni
Most biosensors relying on antibodies as recognition elements fail in harsh environment conditions such as elevated temperatures, organic solvents or proteases because of antibody denaturation, and require strict storage conditions with defined shelf-life, thus limiting their applications in point-of-care and resource-limited settings. Here, a metal-organic framework (MOF) encapsulation is utilized to preserve the biofunctionality of antibodies conjugated to nanotransducers. This study investigates several parameters of MOF coating (including growth time, surface morphology, thickness and precursor concentrations) that determine the preservation efficacy against different protein denaturing conditions in both dry and wet environments...
January 16, 2018: ACS Sensors
Yaguang Peng, Hongliang Huang, Yuxi Zhang, Chufan Kang, Shuangming Chen, Li Song, Dahuan Liu, Chongli Zhong
Current technologies for removing heavy metal ions are typically metal ion specific. Herein we report the development of a broad-spectrum heavy metal ion trap by incorporation of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid into a robust metal-organic framework. The capture experiments for a total of 22 heavy metal ions, covering hard, soft, and borderline Lewis metal ions, show that the trap is very effective, with removal efficiencies of >99% for single-component adsorption, multi-component adsorption, or in breakthrough processes...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
Long Pang, Peijie Yang, Huiqiang Yang, Liming Ge, Jingwen Xiao, Yifan Zhou
Organophosphate esters (OPEs) are widely used as flame retardants and plasticizers in many products and materials. Because of the potential biologic toxicity on human beings, OPEs are regarded as a class of emerging pollutants. Dissolved organic matters (DOM) have significant effects on the bioavailability and toxicity of the pollutants in the environment. Negligible-depletion solid-phase microextraction (nd-SPME) is an efficient way for measuring the freely dissolved pollutants but suffers from long equilibrium time...
January 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Gui-Hua Qiu, Zi-Hua Weng, Pei-Pei Hu, Wen-Jun Duan, Bao-Ping Xie, Bin Sun, Xiao-Yan Tang, Jin-Xiang Chen
From a three-dimensional (3D) metal-organic framework (MOF) of {[Cu(Cmdcp)(phen)(H2O)]2·9H2O}n (1, H3CmdcpBr = N-carboxymethyl-(3,5-dicarboxyl)pyridinium bromide, phen = phenanthroline), a sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor has been developed for the simultaneous detection of ebolavirus conserved RNA sequences and ebolavirus-encoded microRNA-like (miRNA-like) fragment. The results from molecular dynamics simulation confirmed that MOF 1 absorbs carboxyfluorescein (FAM)-tagged and 5(6)-carboxyrhodamine, triethylammonium salt (ROX)-tagged probe ss-DNA (probe DNA, P-DNA) by π…π stacking and hydrogen bonding, as well as additional electrostatic interactions to form a sensing platform of P-DNAs@1 with quenched FAM and ROX fluorescence...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Guihua Gao, Sijia Li, Shuo Li, Yudan Wang, Pan Zhao, Xiangyu Zhang, Xiaohong Hou
In this work, computational and experimental methods were used to study the adsorption of estrogens and glucocorticoids on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Computer-aided molecular simulation was applied to predict the adsorption of eight analytes on four MOFs (MIL-101(Cr), MIL-100(Fe), MIL-53(Al), and UiO-66(Zr)) by examining molecular interactions and calculating free binding energies. Subsequently, the four water-stable MOFs were synthesized and evaluated as adsorbents for the target hormones in aqueous solution...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Zahra Safaei Moghaddam, Massoud Kaykhaii, Mostafa Khajeh, Ali Reza Oveisi
In this study, a zirconium-based metal-organic framework (Zr-MOF), named UiO-66-OH, was synthesized by the solvo-thermal method and characterized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). This Zr-MOF was then employed as a sorbent for selective extraction and preconcentration of thorium ions after their complexation with 2‑(2,4‑dihydroxyphenyl)‑3,5,7‑trihydroxychromen‑4‑one (morin) from environmental water samples prior to its spectrophotometrical determination...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Zhenhua Wang, Qianwang Chen
A MOF material, Co3[Co(CN)6]2 nanoparticles has been prepared for the effective detection of ethanol in vapor phase. When exposed to ethanol vapor, the material was changed from pink to purple, which is easily observed by naked eyes directly. We propose that the ethanol response is due to ethanol molecules entering the pores of the solid, where they alter the coordination geometry, leading to conversion of their Co centers from octahedral to tetrahedral coordination. Significantly, the change is reversible, which make the material reusable without subjecting to dynamic vacuum or slightly warming...
December 30, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Dan Shao, Jinbiao Shi, Jianling Zhang, Xiuniang Tan, Tian Luo, Xiuyan Cheng, Bingxing Zhang, Buxing Han
The catalytic performance of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the synthesis of cyclic carbonate from carbon dioxide and epoxides has been explored in solvent and solvent-free conditions, respectively. It was found that MOF catalysts have significantly improved catalytic activities in solvent-free CO2 cycloaddition reactions than those in solvent. The mechanism was discussed from the competition of solvent with substrate to adhere MOF catalysts during reaction process.
January 13, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Caihong Wang, Jie Gao, Yili Cao, Hongliang Tan
Nanozymes have been extensively exploited in the construction of colorimetric sensors in the past decade. However, as lack of specific recognition element, these sensors are mostly limited in the detection of hydrogen peroxide and its related agents. In this work, a colorimetric assay for the detection of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity was developed by employing copper (II)-based metal-organic frameworks (Cu-MOFs) as peroxidase mimic and pyrophosphate (PPi) as recognition element. Benefiting from its intrinsic porosity, Cu-MOFs built from one-step self-assembly showed a superior catalytic activity over horseradish peroxidase...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Shu-Yin Zhu, Bing Yan
A modified MOF named UiO-66-NH2-SA was synthesized based on the covalent post synthetic attachment of the MOFs (UiO-66-NH2) and salicylaldehyde via a Schiff-base reaction. The as-prepared functionalized UiO-66-NH2-SA not only maintains its structural integrity during the PSM process, but also shows excellent luminescence and good fluorescence stability in water. It was further utilized as a novel fluorescent probe for detecting of Al3+. The fluorescence intensity of UiO-66-NH2-SA increased linearly upon increasing the concentration of Al3+ in the range of 0-500 μM with a detection limit of 6...
January 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Yang-Tian Yan, Wen-Yan Zhang, Fang Zhang, Feng Cao, Rui-Feng Yang, Yao-Yu Wang, Lei Hou
Four new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), {[Zn3(L)(OH)(H2O)5]·NMP·2H2O}n (1), {[H2N(Me)2][Zn2(L)(H2O)]·DMF·H2O}n (2), {[Co5(L)2(H2O)11]·2H2O}n (3) and {[Mn5(L)2(H2O)12]·6H2O}n (4), were assembled employing a symmetrical V-shaped rigid multicarboxylic acid ligand H5L (H5L = 2,4-di(3',5'-dicarboxylphenyl)benzoic acid) with different metal ions, resulting in versatile frameworks as well as various types of coordination modes of H5L. 1 forms a three-dimensional (3D) 4-connected sra net based on trinuclear [Zn3(μ3-OH)(μ2-COO)(μ1-COO)4] clusters, while 2 displays a 3D (4,6)-connected net based on two types of binuclear [Zn2(μ2-COO)2(μ1-COO)4] and [Zn2(μ2-COO)4] clusters...
January 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Kui Shen, Lei Zhang, Xiaodong Chen, Lingmei Liu, Daliang Zhang, Yu Han, Junying Chen, Jilan Long, Rafael Luque, Yingwei Li, Banglin Chen
We constructed highly oriented and ordered macropores within metal-organic framework (MOF) single crystals, opening up the area of three-dimensional-ordered macro-microporous materials (that is, materials containing both macro- and micropores) in single-crystalline form. Our methodology relies on the strong shaping effects of a polystyrene nanosphere monolith template and a double-solvent-induced heterogeneous nucleation approach. This process synergistically enabled the in situ growth of MOFs within ordered voids, rendering a single crystal with oriented and ordered macro-microporous structure...
January 12, 2018: Science
Martin D Rosenthal, Amir Y Kamel, Cameron M Rosenthal, Scott Brakenridge, Chasen A Croft, Frederick A Moore
Over the last decade, chronic critical illness (CCI) has emerged as an epidemic in intensive care unit (ICU) survivors worldwide. Advances in ICU technology and implementation of evidence-based care bundles have significantly decreased early deaths and have allowed patients to survive previously lethal multiple organ failure (MOF). Many MOF survivors, however, experience a persistent dysregulated immune response that is causing an increasingly predominant clinical phenotype called the persistent inflammation, immunosuppression, and catabolism syndrome (PICS)...
January 11, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Jie Ying, Annika Herbst, Yu-Xuan Xiao, Hao Wei, Ge Tian, Zhaofei Li, Xiao-Yu Yang, Bao-Lian Su, Christoph Janiak
The metal-organic framework (MOF) MIL-101Cr was readily encapsulated by a very thin shell (around 30 nm) of hydrophobic mesoporous silica, which replicates the irregular shape of the MOF nanocrystals. Such a silica shell facilitates the diffusion of hydrophobic reactants with enhancement of the catalytic activity of the MOF and significantly improved catalytic stability of the MOF in the oxidation of indene.
January 11, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
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