15-18 March 2021
Europe/Berlin timezone

High-Throughput Electron Diffraction Reveals a Hidden Novel Metal-Organic Framework

18 Mar 2021, 10:35


Oral contribution Framework structures: MOFs, COFs, etc. Framework structures: MOFs, COFs, etc.


Meng Ge (Stockholm University)


Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are known for their versatile combination of inorganic building units and organic linkers, which offers immense opportunities in a wide range of applications. However, many MOFs are typically synthesized as multiphasic polycrystalline powders, which are challenging for studies by X-ray diffraction. Therefore, developing new structural characterization techniques is highly desired in order to accelerate discoveries of new materials. Here, we report a high-throughput approach for structural analysis of MOF nano- and sub-microcrystals by three-dimensional electron diffraction (3DED). A new zeolitic-imidazolate framework (ZIF), denoted ZIF-EC1, was first discovered in a trace amount during the study of a known ZIF-CO3-1 material by 3DED. The structures of both ZIFs were solved and refined using 3DED data. ZIF-EC1 has a dense 3D framework structure, which is built by linking mono- and bi-nuclear Zn clusters and 2-methylimidazolates (mIm-). The discovery of this new MOF highlights the power of 3DED in developing new materials and their applications.

Primary authors

Meng Ge (Stockholm University) Prof. Xiaodong Zou (Stockholm University) Dr Zhehao Huang (Stockholm University)

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