Spatio‐Chemical Heterogeneity of Defect‐Engineered Metal‐Organic Framework Crystals Revealed by Full‐Field Tomographic X‐ray Absorption Spectroscopy
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The introduction of structural defects in metal‐organic frameworks (MOFs), often achieved through the fractional use of defective linkers, is emerging as a means to refine the properties of existing MOFs. These linkers, missing coordination fragments, create unsaturated framework nodes that may alter the properties of the MOF. A property targeted utilization of this approach demands an understanding of the structure of the defect‐engineered MOF. Here, we show that full‐field X‐ray absorption near‐edge structure computed tomography can help to improve our understanding. This was demonstrated by visualizing the chemical heterogeneity found in defect‐engineered HKUST‐1 MOF crystals. Discovered was a non‐uniform incorporation and zonation of the defective linker, leading to the presence of clusters of a second coordination polymer within HKUST‐1. The former is suggested to be in part responsible for altered MOF properties, thereby advocating for a spatio‐chemically resolved characterization of MOFs. © 2021 Wiley‐VCH GmbH. Show more
Journal / seriesAngewandte Chemie. International Edition
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SubjectX-ray Absorption Spectroscopy; Metal Organic Framework; X-ray Tomography; Composite; HKUST-1; Defect Engineering
Organisational unit03746 - Van Bokhoven, Jeroen A. / Van Bokhoven, Jeroen A.
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