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Title: Continuous, One-pot Synthesis and Post-Synthetic Modification of NanoMOFs Using Droplet Nanoreactors

Here, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); also known as porous coordination polymers (PCP) are a class of porous crystalline materials constructed by connecting metal clusters via organic linkers. The possibility of functionalization leads to virtually infinite MOF designs using generic modular methods. Functionalized MOFs can exhibit interesting physical and chemical properties including accelerated adsorption kinetics and catalysis. Although there are discrete methods to synthesize well-defined nanoscale MOFs, rapid and flexible methods are not available for continuous, one-pot synthesis and post synthesis modification (functionalization) of MOFs. Here, we show a continuous, scalable nanodroplet-based microfluidic route that not only facilitates the synthesis of MOFs at nanoscale, but also offers flexibility for direct functionalization with desired functional groups (e.g., -NH 2, -COCH 3, fluorescein isothiocyanate; FITC). In addition, the presented route of continuous manufacturing of functionalized MOFs takes significantly less time compared to state-of-the-art batch methods currently available (1 hr vs. several days). We envisage our approach to be a breakthrough method for synthesizing complex functionalized nanomaterials (metal, metal oxides, quantum dots and MOFs) that are not accessible by direct batch processing, and expand the range of a new class of functionalized MOF-based functional nanomaterials.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322; 48731; GT0200000
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Scientific Reports
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Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; nanomaterials; synthesis; functionalization; metal organic frameworks; microfluidics; nanofluids; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
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