J Am Chem Soc 2020 11 29;142(45):19291-19299. Epub 2020 Oct 29.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1253, United States.
Through comprehensive analysis of carboxylate-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), we present general evidence that challenges the common perception of MOF metal-linker bonds being static. Structural dynamics in MOFs, however, typically refers to the "breathing" behavior of cavities, where pores open and close in response to guest molecules, and to the transient binding of guest molecules, but dynamic bonding would explain important MOF phenomena in catalysis, postsynthetic exchange, negative thermal expansion, and crystal growth. Here, we demonstrate, through use of variable-temperature diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (VT-DRIFTS) aided by ab initio plane wave density functional theory, that similar evidence for melting behavior in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), i. Read More